:"A Fistful of Dollars" from Sergio Leone, which was a nearly shot-for-shot remake of "Yojimbo" by Akira Kurosawa was never authorized by Toho/Kurosawa. The letter Kurosawa sent to Leone contained the line β€˜I’ve seen your movie. It’s a very good movie. Unfortunately, it’s my movie.'. flavorwire.com/483644/how…
Despite stealing $2.2 million dollars and being a convicted felon for being a perpetrator of the largest public school embezzlement in American history, Frank Tassone receives a pension of $173,495 a year for life because New York State does not bar felons from collecting pensions. newsday.com/long-island/n…
In Australia, a study of hitmen found that offers ranged from $500 to $100k, with an average of $16.5k. One undercover investigator lists his largest proposed payoff as $200k in jewels and his stingiest as β€œseven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” washingtoncitypaper.com/a…
Guillermo del Toro's father was kidnapped by Mexican kidnappers in 1997 and James Cameron paid the one million dollar ransom. The kidnappers were never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
There's a traditional "postpartum confinement" period of about 1 month for women to recover after giving birth, and in Asia there's now specialized luxury resort centers that charge thousands of dollars to take care of both the mom and baby for the entire period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Has some school districts send problem teachers (such as those accused of endangering students or of sexual misconduct) to "rubber rooms" where they do nothing but sit in a room for years at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers thisamericanlife.org/350/…
Today I learned of "King Neptune", a 700 lb pig that was "auctioned" piece by piece, including the Squeal, at fundraisers during WWII across Southern Illinois. He raised $19 Million Dollars ($271 Million in 2021) over a few years and was never slaughtered, living a peaceful postwar retirement. npr.org/2011/07/13/137791…
A stolen 9.5 million dollar Stradivarius Cello was nearly turned into a fancy CD rack news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Walmart loses about 3 billion dollars a year from theft fortune.com/2015/06/05/wa…
Among other items left on the moon during the Apollo missions, there is $200 cash in 2-dollar bills. popsci.com/trash-items-le…
The most expensive medication in the world is a gene therapy medication costing $2.1 million dollars per dose. The medication, called Zolgensma, treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a devastating childhood disease with life expectancy of only a few years. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Cheerios dollars are a variety of the 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar coin (only 5,500 minted) with boldy detailed tail feathers on the eagle on the reverse of the coin. They were randomly given as prizes in Cheerios cereal boxes. Today, they typically sell for $5,000-25,000 depending on their grade. thesprucecrafts.com/cheer…
175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars was exchanged for 5 US Dollars when Zimbabwe was phasing out its local currency in 2015. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afri…
FoxTrax, the hockey puck designed by Fox Sports using augmented reality and to give a blue glow around the puck, cost $2 million dollars to develop, and each puck cost $400 each. It lasted from 1996 to 1998. bizjournals.com/losangele…
After the 1980 Irpina Earthquake hit Southern Italy, the corruption was so bad that only 1/4 of the 40 billion dollar rebuilding fund got spent on relief. The rest got distributed among politicians and the mafia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The Cowardly Lion costume in the Wizard of Oz was made of real lion fur, skin and human hair. It recently sold at auction for 3 million dollars. cinemablend.com/news/2493…
Paul Newman's friends loved his homemade salad dressing so much he started a company to sell it. That company, which now sells a variety of foods, gives 100% of its profits to charities. Newman never took any money and in just its first decade over 50 million dollars was given away. newmansownfoundation.org/…
The Netherlands loaned 2,5 million dollars to John Adams, who was the ambassador to NL back in 1782. This was done in order to stabilize the US after their war of independence finished. In today's value that would be a loan of roughly 150 billion dollars. nlintheusa.com/holland-lo…
Over the course of 19 minutes, about one hundred bullets caused $15 million dollars in damage to our power grid, damaging components that take months to manufacture: 2013’s Metcalf sniper attack near San Jose, California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Basketball star Spencer Haywood chose $100k up front over a 10% stake in then young company Nike for endorsing their shoes. Today that 10% would be worth more than 8 billion dollars. fadeawayworld.net/2018/07…
Mariah Carey's version of "All I Want For Christmas" has earned her roughly 2.5 million dollars each year since it came out cnn.com/2019/12/17/media/…
A controversial case study β€œMillion Dollar Murray” (2006) followed a local friendly homeless vet, who’s an alcoholic, in Reno and quantified the costs in Murray abusing public services almost daily for 10 years dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles…
, the Canadian slang for a dollar is a Loonie wikipedia.org/wiki/Loonie
The Great Western Staircase took 14 years to build and actually cost 1 million dollars nearchitecture.com/buildi…
When William Vanderbilt died in 1885 his fortune was worth over $300 billion in today’s dollars (which was more than the U.S. Treasury held at the time). In 1973, his heirs held a family reunion at Vanderbilt University, attended by 120 family members, and not one of them was even a millionaire. earlytorise.com/how-the-w…
Today I learned about 46 million dollars’ worth of Australian $50 bill went into circulation in 10/2018 had a typo error. It went unnoticed for mos. until it was spotted by radio listener.The central bank misspelled the word β€œresponsibility” as β€œRESPONSIBILTY" & said the error will be fixed in future print runs reuters.com/article/us-au…
Cardi B gave a person $800 dollars in a basement to enlarge her buttocks with illegal injections. Some time later the basement injections person killed someone else trying to purchase large buttocks. nydailynews.com/entertain…
WWII monetary cost to the US was $4 Trillion in 2020 dollars, with a top tax rate in 1945 of 94%. 41 Billion rounds of ammo produced, among other materiel. online.norwich.edu/academ…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
During WW2, DuPont was hired to build the Hanford nuclear site, producing plutonium. Reluctantly, they agreed to do so under a symbolic 1-dollar contract. After the war ended, a government accountant saw construction took 2 rather than the anticipated 3 years, and cut their pay to .68 cents b-reactor.org/wp-content/…
The 80 character width standard for code originated from the size of old IBM cards. The size of these cards were based on contemporary US Dollar bills so that the creator could use existing filing equipment made for them. infolab.stanford.edu/pub/…
Today I learned about AndrΓ© Brugiroux, a French traveller who left home at the age of 17 with 10 francs in his pocket to visit every country and territory in the world between 1955 and 2005 by only hitchhiking spending no more than an average of one dollar a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Pepsi spent millions of dollars on a logo redesign in 2009. The three different colored sections are supposed to resemble the U.S flag. The colors are supposed to represent earth's magnetic fields, feng shui, and the theory of relativity. It also has references to the Mona Lisa. designyourway.net/blog/gr…
In Rhode Island low number license plates are a status symbol. Single-digit plates have fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars. pocacoop.com/prick-prod-p…
Operation Fish was the largest movement of physical wealth in history – approximately $160 billion of British gold (in 2017 dollars) was shipped from the UK to Canada for safekeeping at the onset of World Ward 2 bankofcanadamuseum.ca/201…
You are less likely to die during an economic depression. This is mostly attributed to cleaner air, reduced traffic, and fewer dollars spent on vices like tobacco and alcohol. nature.com/articles/d4158…
The Norwegian band A-Ha from the 80s ("Take On Me") is still touring and making albums and hits, earning well over $50 Million dollars in 2010 alone. Its members are also Knights of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-h…
An average anime 13-episode season can cost around 250 Million yen (or around $2 million dollars) to make. Most anime’s can’t recoup this expense so they rely on the β€˜windfall’ of other big animes to save budget. animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
Eric Fleming rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in a remote region of Spain by a relatively unknown director, Sergio Leone. That role went to his Rawhide co-star - Clint Eastwood. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
The northernmost battle of the American Civil War happened in St. Albans, Vermont. 21 Confederates arrived via Canada and checked into local hotels over the course of a week, before staging three bank robberies, stealing $3.4 million dollars (inflation-adjusted) and fleeing back to Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
In 1990 Disney wanted to put Minnie Mouse on the $5 bill of their in house currency and promote it as the first woman on a dollar bill. It was then revealed that Martha Washington on a $1 bill in 1891. In reality Pocahontas was even earlier, appearing on a $20 bill in 1863. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
Apparently ducks have penises that can reach up to a foot+ in length and that hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent studying them. gawker.com/5993385/i-cant…
In the 1980s American Airlines sold tickets for unlimited travel (priced around 250000 dollar). One passenger, over a period of 10+ years, traveled more than 10 million miles, accumulated over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away), and cost the airline more than $21 million bosshunting.com.au/travel…
In 2013, San Diego's City Attorney prosecuted a man for writing anti-bank messages in washable chalk on a public sidewalk. He faced 13 counts of vandalism and thousands of dollars in restitution. The jury acquitted him of all charges. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
Today I learned of Jackie Coogan, a child actor in the silent film era who earned millions of dollars, only to find out in his 20s that his parents spent it all on jewelry and cars. He sued and the litigation resulted in the passage of the Coogan Act, which protects child actors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
90% of US dollar bills contain traces of cocaine cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/14…
The Winner of the First Survivor Contest Ended Up Going To Jail For Tax Evasion Over His Million Dollar Prize en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 1824 the Malay rulers of Singapore transferred the island over to the British for the price 20,000 Spanish dollars. mothership.sg/2019/03/raf…

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