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…
The currency US-Dollar is indirectly named after the Czech town JΓ‘chymov. The town's German name is Joachimsthal and the coins produced here were called "Thaler". The Dutch called those coins "Daler", which then later turned into "Dollar". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
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 about Joseph Jagger, the man who won 7.5 million dollars in Monte Carlo because he knew by industry how roulette wheels were rigged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
When Fidel Castro was 14 he wrote a letter to Franklin Roosevelt & asked him for a 10 dollar bill because he admired America. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
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 2015, Zimbabwe announced that it would credit 5 USD to bank accounts with balances of up to 175,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars, and would exchange Zimbabwean dollars for USD at a rate of 1 USD to 35,000,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollars to accounts with higher balances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zim…
Jeff Bezos earns over 2400 USD per second meaning it would barely worth his while to stop and pick up a hundred dollar note. businessinsider.com.au/wh…
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-…
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…
Scorpion venom costs $39 million dollars per gallon. brobible.com/culture/arti…
Ringo Starr from The Beatles makes and sells paitings made in MS Paint, for about $2000 dollars a piece. His painting have been shown in several art galleries, and the profits from purchasing one of them goes to a charity called The Lotus Foundation theknow.denverpost.com/20…
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Popular actor and celebrity Keanu Reeves donated over $75 million dollars to 14 different charities, as well as his autographed Talent Pass from the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. looktothestars.org/celebr…
One of the main reasons Haiti is such a poor country. After fighting and winning their independence from France, they were given an ultimatum; They either had to pay France $21 Billion dollars in reparations, or come under attack by the heavily armed warships France had dispatched. theconversation.com/when-…
1 US dollar in dimes weighs the same as 1 dollar in quarters (22.68 grams) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
In 1924, a scientist was able to successfully crossbreed a sand dollar and a sea urchin. All of their hybrid children exclusively resembled their sea urchin mothers. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
As of 2006, David Copperfield had sold 33 million tickets and grossed over 4 billion US dollars, more than any other solo entertainer in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about the Great Stork Derby, a contest held by a Toronto financier and practical joker which bequeathed the residue of his significant estate to the woman in Toronto who could produce the most children in the decade following his death. Two women won and were each given $1.91m in today's dollars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The β€œY2K bug”, wherein people feared computers glitching on the 1st of Jan 2000 and crushing the global economy but never happened, was a real crisis that was averted with $500B dollars in Global preparation spending permanent.access.gpo.gov/…
The Vatican is accused by Serbs, Jews and Roma of laundering millions of dollars of stolen gold and jewelry, plundered from concentration camp prisoners in Croatia, immediately after WW2. It is also alleged that they helped several notorious Nazi leaders hide and escape americamagazine.org/conte…
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…
IHOP bought Applebee’s in 2007 for almost $2 billion dollars nbcnews.com/id/19786487/n…
The smiley face logo was created in 1963 by Harvey Ball. He was paid $45 for 10 minutes of work. Ball didn't trademark the logo. Instead, French journalist Franklin Loufrani registered it as "Smiley" for licensing. Today that license generates hundreds of millions of dollars in annually. cnbc.com/2019/09/12/the-m…
Japanese Koi are some of the most expensive fish in the world with some of the rarest selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The fish are raised in large groups in the Japanese hills where breeders can have over ten thousand fish from the 120 recognized varieties. businessinsider.com/koi-f…
Today I learned about John Carpenter who called his father on the popular television show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" and told him that he was going to win the million dollars. youtube.com/watch?v=2f9OJ…
The dollar symbol has its origin in Spain youtube.com/watch?v=ZaTsH…
McDonald's had an offer to give away free big Mac's, French fries and drinks through scratch cards with every medal that USA wins during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. They lost millions of dollars because USSR and it's allies boycotted the event and USA unexpectedly topped the table. youtu.be/JBnVtUpCV28
On May 19th, 1999 when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace released into theaters, an estimated 2.2 million full time employees missed work to watch the film. Costing the US an estimated $293 million dollars from lose of productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Clash of Clans has generated more revenue than any app on the App Store,having brought in a revenue of over $6.4 billion dollars since its launch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
The world's least valuable coin is Uzbekistan’s 1 Tiyin coin; it is worth 0.0000010 of a US dollar (or 1,000 Tiyin = 1 cent) pcgs.com/news/what-is-the…
Today I learned of 6 Psyche, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt is made up of pure metals. At current prices, the metals in the asteroid are estimated to be worth quintillions of Dollar. universetoday.com/142719/…
Today I learned of a 1970's gameshow called Bowling for Dollars, which actually was a franchise of locally produced shows all across the nation. The use of each cities local celebrities and citizens gave it a homey feel. The show was created by the creator of Romper Room, which had the same franchise format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
During a 2000 celebrity edition episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", comedian Norm MacDonald made it to the million dollar question, but passed on it to not risk it. However, his anwer was right. youtube.com/watch?v=4w-jx…
There is a popular resort town in China that is a near-replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, complete with its own Teton Village and Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town’s Chinese name translates literally to β€œHometown, USA”. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about the Million Dollar Quartet, a jam session including Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis youtu.be/uiEYx-sS_3w
A Fistful of Dollars (Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western) was a remake of the Japanese samurai film Yojimbo (Toshiro Mifune) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoj…
American Rapper Pusha T wrote the famous McDonald's jingle "I'm lovin it" in 2003 but does not own any of the publishing rights for it. He learned from his multi-million dollar mistake and now owns 40% of the publishing rights of the β€œWe have the meats" campaign from Arby's. genius.com/a/pusha-t-says…
Reruns of the 90s tv show "Friends" is a billion dollar per year industry, and the cast members each take 2% of revenue or 20 million dollars each. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Lehman Brother before going bankrupt paid its CEO nearly half a billion dollars in total compensation from 1993 to 2007, and fired him in 2008 only after declaring bankruptcy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The US once spent $1.3 million dollars to see if beer koozies really worked archive.totalfratmove.com…
Even a minute long power failure at semiconductor factories can cause millions of Dollars in losses. reuters.com/article/us-sa…
Today I learned about the Berkeley Pit, a 270-metre deep US "lake" filled with liquid toxins and acid. Thousands of geese died upon landing in it one night; today, birds are scared off the site with gunshots. The state of Montana charges every visitor to the lake 2 dollars. It has its own gift shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Ecuador uses the U. S. Dollar as its currency. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuado…
At his peak, mafia boss Al Capone was making an annual income of $1.3 billion in today’s dollars. nytimes.com/2016/12/02/bo…
National Dollar Day on August 8th commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786. In 1862, the United States printed its first dollar bill. It wasn’t George Washington face, The first dollar bill featured Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury. nationaldaycalendar.com/n…
Shortly after its launch the Telstar I communications satellite showed the power of instant communication - a satellite broadcast of the US president claiming that the USA wouldn't devalue the dollar immediately led to the currency strengthening on global markets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
An average American spends 700 dollars on gifts and holiday goodies, which totals upto 400 billion dollars each year abcnews.go.com/WN/mailfor…
A *convicted money forger* was honored by becoming the face on the Australian 10 dollar bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas resulted in a $125 Million Dollar loss to Dreamworks Animations. This resulting loss almost bankrupted the company, among other things explained by founder David Geffen. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2005 British Student, Alex Tew, Built The Million Dollar Homepage to Raise Money For His Education. The Homepage Consisted of a Million Pixels Arranged in 1000 Γ— 1000 Pixel Grid, Image-Based Links Were Sold for $1 Per Pixel in 10 Γ— 10 blocks the Site Grossed $1,037,100 in 5 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
USA spent about 24 billion dollars on the β€œSaturn-Apollo” program until 1969, which would correspond to the sum of about 150 billion dollars today. It was the price to pay to make history, for the first people on the Moon to be American astronauts. needforscience.com/astron…
In 2011 Apple had over two billion dollars more in cash reserves than the US Treasury. edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH…
A man in 2002 found a way to crack the lottery in the US state of Michigan using math and probability. He figured out that if he bought a certain amount of tickets that he would certainly make a profit. He and his wife Marge ended up making millions of dollars. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06s…
The author of Goodnight Moon bequeathed the royalties to her friend's 9-year-old son. It earned him millions of dollars, but he blew it all on frivolous spending and was arrested dozens of times for minor crimes. joshuaprager.com/articles…
The slang 'buck' for currency originated from the fact that deer skins were traded for goods in colonial America before the dollar existed and was the 'currency' of the period. investopedia.com/terms/b/…
, FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began. time.com/5062520/march-of…
Former Beatle Ringo Starr has been β€œpainting” since the mid-90s in MSPaint. His works have been shown in major galleries and are regularly put up for sale for thousands of dollars. theknow.denverpost.com/20…
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In USA, picking up an eagle feather that you found can end you up in jail with thousands of dollars in fines blogs.findlaw.com/law_and…
Today I learned of Leona Helmsley, one of New York's richest women who was described as a tyrannical boss that fired people for the slightest mistakes. She left a $12 million dollar inheritance to her dog while cutting out her grandchildren from the will. youtube.com/watch?v=gxnQA…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
Sand dollars are actually live creatures. The white sand dollars we often see on beaches are actually dead. When they're alive they are black and have fine bristles on their underside to catch food. youtu.be/3uwOURjneWQ
Real human skulls are traded on Instagram by a small but active underground collectors’ market. The skulls are decorated and sold by macabre enthusiasts. Some sell for tens of thousands of dollars. wired.co.uk/article/insta…
The Mafia was entrenched in all construction projects in New York City in the 1980’s. From unions, contractors, suppliers, and shell corporations, the Mafia would make tens of millions of dollars annually with a skim of only 1% google.com/amp/s/www.lati…
Subway’s iconic β€œFive Dollar Footlong” was birthed in two little Subways inside of the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. franchisehelp.com/franchi…
A license to sell Star Wars merchandise cost $750,000 dollars. Before the original film had even been released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He-…
In 1966 alone, The Beatles each earned (in 2016 dollars) $15-24 million insidehook.com/article/fi…
A sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky swallowed eight Corvettes, causing millions of dollars worth of damage cnn.com/2014/02/12/us/nat…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
Winston Churchill was in serious financial debt, owing up to $3.75 MILLION dollars (in today's money) theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Kennedy Island in the Solomon Islands is named after President Kennedy who swam there after his boat was sunk by the Japanese in WWII. It was purchased in 2004 for less than a thousand US dollars by someone coincidentally named Kennedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
In the 1910s, an encyclopedia company gave away tracts of land in Huntington Beach, California, with every $126 encyclopedia set purchased. Today, the median home price in the area is close to a million dollars. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
, Elvis Presley wanted to record "I Will Always Love You". Dolly Parton was interested until Presley's manager told her that she needed to sign over half of the publishing rights to the song. She refused. This decision helped her make millions of dollars in royalties from the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
The first commercial home video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey. It was released in 1972 and cost 100 American dollars (equivalent to about $611 in 2019). A single game cost $5.49. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
The author that gave us "It was a dark and stormy night" also gave us "the almighty dollar" and "the pen is mightier than the sword". mprnews.org/story/2015/10…
In 2015 Forbes named Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America based on a $9 billion valuation of her company. Yet within a year, following revelations of potential fraud about its claims, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
During the Great Depression, fake currency called Depression Scrip (which were things such as shells, wood, paper, etc) was used as local currency instead of US dollars due to banks being closed. depressionscrip.com
The Lion King musical stage performance has made over 8.2 BILLION dollars worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The United States Dollar is solely backed by "full faith and credit by the United States" after the gold standard was dropped in 1971. buygoldandsilversafely.co…
In 1992 a Canadian lady by the name of Gisele Jubinville patented the design for a fitted sheet that wouldn't slip off the mattress in the night, and subsequently sold the rights for over a million dollars. royalalbertamuseum.ca/blo…
By the end of WW2, the United States was spending $213,000,000 a day on the war effort; adjusted for inflation, that's over three billion dollars a day. youtu.be/9h17THZq6S0?t=14…
Teri Horton, the woman who purchased a painting by Jackson Pollock worth $50 million in a thrift store for five dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Between 2007 and 2009, Zimbabwe’s currency reached an inflation rate of 79,000,000,000%, with the government printing 100 Billion dollar bills to keep up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Dirk Obbink got a MacArthur genius grant for reassembling papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, but then got fired from Oxford Uni for allegedly fraudulently selling biblical papyri belonging to the Egypt Exploration Society as his own for millions of dollars. theguardian.com/news/2020…
An Inmate sued Himself for $5 Million dollars for commiting a crime that went against his religious beliefs -- He demanded the state pay the damages because he had no money himself deseret.com/1995/4/9/1916…
Lee Van Cleef (The Bad from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) refused to do surgery to have his nose softened and was typecast as a villain as a result. After a decade of this his role in Sergio Leone's "For a Few Dollars More" finally broke him out of the typecast and launched him to fame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
Today I learned of the 'Tri-State Tornado', a category F5 tornado that lasted almost 4 hours, caused $2.2 billion dollars in damages, killed 695 people, and carved a path from Missouri through Illinois to Indiana back in 1925. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
North Korean hackers managed to steal 13.5 Millions dollars in a massive bank heist with hacked credit cards zdnet.com/article/how-hac…
Initially selling for around $850 when introduced in 1908 (around $20,000 in today’s dollars), the Model T would later sell for as little as $260 (around $6,000 today) for the basic no-extras model history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
An American called Gilbert Bates marched across England after the civil war carrying an American flag on a bet of 1000 dollars that he wouldnt be insulted along the way. He couldnt get to London because of the crowds who supported him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In an attempt to modernize Newfoundland, Canada, the province's Premier hired the former Latvian Minister of Finance, Alfred Valdmanis. While industrializing the province, Valdmanis embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before being unmasked as a criminal and former Nazi collaborator. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
Three people stole $18 million dollars worth of Maple Syrup in Quebec. This was over the course of about a year. thestar.com/news/canada/2…
In 1952, West Germany agreed to reparations and paid Israel 3.45 billion deutsche marks, or more than $7 billion in today’s dollars for psychological trauma, for offense to Jewish honor, for life insurance, and for time spent in concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Today I learned about the "Million Dollar Quartet" which is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on December 4th, 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago in 1926. He was the "surprise guest" at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Space Jam merchandise has earned at least 1.2 Billion dollars worldwide. Space Jam's β€œglobal economic impact" was estimated to be at around 4-6 Billion. huffpost.com/entry/space-…
We don't get all of our drinking water from the ocean because it costs $1-2 dollars per cubic meter (264 gallons) to desalinate ocean water, while only costing 10-20 cents to purify fresh water. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The British inventor of the quicksort algorithm, Sir Tony Hoare, also created the null reference and called it his "billion-dollar mistake ... has led to innumerable errors, vulnerabilities, and system crashes ... probably caused a billion dollars of pain and damage in the last forty years". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…

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