Somali Pirates set up an exchange (like a stock market) where people could buy shares in pirate groups to finance their operations. A 22 year old 'investor' made $75,000 in 38 days after joining the 'company' - after getting a share of ransom money. reuters.com/article/us-so…
The American Rock Band β€˜The Postal Service’ was sent a cease and desist letter by the United States Postal Service for trademark infringement of their name. After negotiations, the USPS allowed the band to use their name in exchange for playing a free show at their national conference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1666, the plague-infested village of Eyam quarantined itself inside a marked circle for 14 months. Neighboring communities left food at the edge of the circle in exchange for disinfected coins. 80% of the people died, but no one crossed the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
After an Iranian government contract for a British company was cancelled and given to Siemens instead, a British embassy investigation revealed that it was because Siemens' Iranian sales agent allowed the Shah to sleep with his wife in exchange for the contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
During WWII, large corporations like Bosch and Daimler Benz, unequivocally supported goals of Hitler’s regime and its war effort in exchange for advantageous contracts, subsidies and in exchange was allowed to use slave labor from occupied countries, which accounted for one quarter of workforce wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom…
In 2015 Carlos Slim’s companies accounted for approximately 40% of the listings on Mexico’s stock exchange and his net worth was equivalent to about 6% of Mexico's gross domestic product. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage created a combat robot. In its first two tournaments, they were asked to withdraw in exchange for co-champion status. In the first it had slung pieces of its opponents into the audience. In the second these pieces damaged the walls specifically improved for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
When the wreckage of the two ships in Franklin's Lost Expedition were found in 2014, Britain relinquished ownership to Canada in exchange just for a few relics, human remains, and any gold found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Edison used Bamboo filaments supplied by his assistant from Kyoto until he developed Tungsten filament and the shrine hosts a 'light festival' complete with lit bamboo lanterns and the American anthem to honor this exchange amusingplanet.com/2019/05…
Charging Bull, the famous statue on Wall Street, was installed secretly and illegally outside the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 following the 1987 stock market crash. The sculpture was seized and impounded by NYPD, but re-installed two blocks south of the Exchange after a public outcry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Austria is not a member nation of NATO. This is because they signed a declaration of permanent neutrality in 1955 in exchange for Allied withdrawal from Austria and a return to sovereignty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Disney traded ABC sportscaster Al Michaels from ESPN to NBC in exchange for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, so the latter could appear in the game Epic Mickey. In an interview, Michaels commented "I'm going to be a trivia answer someday." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/a…
In 1970 Nike offered Spencer Haywood either $100,000 or 10 percent of the company in exchange for promoting the company’s shoes. He chose the 100k over the stock that would be worth $8.6 billion today foxsports.com/nba/story/n…
The youngest state governor in American history was Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, who took office at 24-years-old. In one of his first acts of legislation, Mason ceded land to Ohio in exchange for parts of the Upper Peninsula. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A "white elephant gift exchange" gets its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him in hopes that the upkeep costs would financially ruin them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Today I learned of Jolabokaflod, a Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland where friends and family get together to exchange books and then they all read them together while eating chocolate and drinking cocoa. readitforward.com/essay/a…
Snails, which are hermaphrodites, have sex by first stabbing each other with a tiny spike called a love dart, which determines who is more likely to be the 'male' in the exchange (the better stabber). Scaled to human size, the dart would be a 15-inch knife. kqed.org/science/1446777/…
, when Paul Reuter developed his own news agency (Reuters News Agency) he used carrier pigeons to give Berlin news from the Paris stock exchange, as they were speedier than trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of a new type of traffic intersection that has been shown to prevent traffic accidents and decrease traffic congestion called the diverging diamond exchange jalopnik.com/the-divergin…
Before dogfighting was a thing, enemy pilots would simply exchange waves or shake their fists at one another. At the beginning of WWI, recon pilots would often resort to throwing bricks, grenades, and even rope in hopes that it would get entangled in the enemy's propellor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Philippines thru the Debt for Nature Swap got a $18.6 M debt relief from World Wildlife Fund & USAID in exchange for doing 4 Separate Environmental Projects ( 1988-93) in El Nido National Park, Mt. Isarog National Park, Tubathaha Reef National Park & other heritage sites cbd.int/doc/external/wwf/…
Today I learned about "paired kidney exchange", which allows you to donate your kidney that wasn't a match for your intended recipient (spouse, child, etc.) to a stranger but in turn receive a kidney that is a match for your loved one. Instead of two people going without a transplant, both get a transplant. kidneyfund.org/kidney-dis…
Between 1989 to 1992, Los Angeles watch merchant Lance Thomas was involved in 4 shootouts with armed robbers, killing 5 in exchange of being wounded 5 times but not severely. He eventually closed his shop to avoid further bloodshed two days before the 1992 L.A. riots broke out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Today I learned about Almon Brown Strowger. Strowger's undertaking business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone-operator wife was redirecting everyone who called for Strowger. Motivated to remove the intermediary operator, he invented the first automatic telephone exchange in 1889. sparkmuseum.org/almon-b-s…
Fez's name in That 70's Show was in the script as F.E.S. as in "Foreign Exchange Student" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez…
Chauncy Black, the teen who got $300K from a GoFundMe after offering a stranger help carrying groceries in exchange for food, is currently charged with shooting and killing a man. fox13memphis.com/news/loc…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
The original reason no photography was allowed in the Sistine Chapel is because Nippon TV of Japan obtained exclusive photographic, film and television rights in exchange for funding the chapels restoration project (3 million). The rights expired in 1997 but the ban is still upheld today. nytimes.com/1990/03/29/ar…
That, because of its establishment in the 16th century and because of its exchanges between only French and British hands, Canada is considered to be one of the oldest continuing monarchies in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of Diren Dede, a 17-year-old exchange student from Germany in Montana, entered the garage of Markus Kaarma looking for alcohol, which Kaarma set out to attract and shoot a burglar. Kaarma shot and killed Dede was sentenced to 70 years in prison for deliberate homicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The reason President Abraham Lincoln grew his iconic beard was because of a letter from an 11 year old girl Grace Bedell. She sent him a letter encouraging him to grow his beard in exchange for her to convince her older brothers to vote for him. abrahamlincolnonline.org/…
In China the Yuan is the physical medium of exchange, but the official currency of China is called the Renminbi. investopedia.com/articles…
In the 1987 song Big Love by Fleetwood Mac, both parts of the provocative "oh-ahh" vocal exchange are performed by Lindsey Buckingham, his voice being sampled and altered to mimic that of a woman for the female "ahh". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In the 1970s in East Germany, Coffee rationing due to failed harvest and the introduction of "Mix Kaffee" (A 51% coffee, 49% filler mixture) was received so poorly that the East German Government started trading arms to Asia and Africa in Exchange for Coffee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
There are prostitute penguins who exchange sexual favours for stones. penguinworld.com/features…
Today I learned of Operation Dawn Raid, where Malaysia acquired Guthrie on 7 September 1981, the oldest and 2nd largest plantation company on London Stock Exchange by surprise. cilisos.my/the-greatest-h…
The oldest monument in Paris is over 3,000 years old. The Ottoman ruler of Egypt gave a 75 ft, 250 ton ancient Egyptian obelisk to France in exchange for a mechanical clock in 1833. The obelisk was placed in the center of the Place de la Concorde where it stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The ball from the Immaculate Reception, regarded as the greatest play in NFL history, was taken by a fan after the game. He offered it back to the Steelers in exchange for season tickets for life, but was refused. He now keeps the ball in a bank vault and has refused all offers to sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
A prisoner tried to sue a couple he’d kidnapped, for turning him in to police. He contended that he’d made a legally binding oral contract with them- they would hide him from police in exchange for money. They had escaped from him when he’d fallen asleep. The suit was dismissed. cbsnews.com/news/kidnappe…
Millikan's famous Oil Drop Experiment (1909), was developed with his grad student, Harvey Fletcher. Millian pressured Fletcher into allowing him sole credit, in exchange for Fletcher having sole credit for another paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1965 South Africa gave Israel 100 tonnes of uranium in exchange for just 30 grams of tritium telesurenglish.net/opinio…
The first known vending machine was invented by the Greek engineer and mathematician Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. These first vending machines were located in Egyptian temples and dispensed holy water in exchange for coins. gumballs.com/history-of-v…
The Somali Pirates had their own stock exchange. Local were encouraged to invest in one of 72 'Maritime Companies', giving weapons, money, or even boats. If the crew that got the weapons successfully attacked a ship and made money, the investor would get a portion of the loot. reuters.com/article/us-so…
JFK's father Joseph Kennedy made much of his fortune through insider trading. FDR later made him chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. When asked why he appointed a crook, FDR replied, "set a thief to catch a thief." Kennedy proceeded to outlaw the practices that made him rich. theguardian.com/books/201…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Almon Brown Strowger noticed he was losing business because a competitor would have his wife, a telephone operator redirect calls asking for Strowger to his business. Strowger later invented the automatic telephone exchange which eliminated the need for operators. wikipedia.org/wiki/Almon_…
, on XMAS during the first world war, opposing English and German troops would stop killing each other and mingle, greet, and exchange food and souvenirs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Some female penguins engage in prostitution. Performing sex act in exchange for pebbles. However, sometimes they will just trick the male into thinking they’ll have sex, then run off once she gets the pebble. dailypicksandflicks.com/2…
Today I learned about the National Odd Shoe Exchange, a nonprofit organization for people with different sized feet or only one foot to donate and receive shoes for their specific needs. oddshoe.org
On October 2, 1978, Tim Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The stock exchange in Milan has a marble statue of a middle finger in its main plaza titled L.O.V.E. (for freedom, hate, vengeance, and eternity in Italian) by Maurizio Cattelan. The bankers wanted it removed but the government voted to keep it in place. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1898 Andrew Carnegie was so opposed to the American annexation of the Philippines he offered to personally refund the $20million the US spent purchasing it from Spain in exchange if it meant the islands would be granted independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned about prostitution among penguins, where female AdΓ©lie penguins will mate with a male in exchange for stones for their nest - one swiped 62 pebbles within an hour. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Mothers and their children often exchange cells through the umbilical cord during pregnancy. Embryonic stem cells can remain in the mother long after birth, becoming specialized cells such as neurons while remaining genetically distinct from the mother’s genome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Ducks feet dont freeze because of a heat exchange system between their arteries and veins phinizycenter.org/why-don…
In 2015, Nathan Fielder became aware that his favorite jacket company Taiga had published a tribute to Holocaust denier Doug Collins in one of their winter catalogues. So he created his own company to raise awareness of The Holocaust. He also gives free exchanges for Taiga coats. summiticeapparel.com/news
In 2006, Disney "traded" the services of sports announcer Al Michaels to NBCUniversal in exchange for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
Anthony Cymerys an 82 years old barber would go out every Wednesday with his chair, a pair of slippers and a car battery to power his clippers at a local park in Hartford. He gives free haircuts to the homeless and doesn't charge them a dime, all you had to do in exchange is to give him a hug. cbsnews.com/news/homeless…
In 1778, Gerasim Izmailov, the explorer who established the Russian America in Alaska, met James Cook, who would go on to discover Hawaii, in Unalaska. Cook gave Izmailov an octant in exchange for a letter of introduction to the Kamchatka authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Incan civilization functioned largely without money and without markets. Instead, exchange of goods and services was based on reciprocity between individuals and among individuals, groups, and Inca rulers. "Taxes" consisted of a labour obligation of a person to the Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan collaborated on the set of "Jam". Jordan gave Jackson tips on basketball and played a one on one game together, in exchange for Jackson's dance lesson. They both felt embarassed more than a few times youtube.com/watch?v=8ZZR3…
Today I learned about arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), a group of fungi that have a symbiotic relationship with 80% of land plant species. They deliver water and nutrients to the plant root in exchange for photosynthetic products. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
During the construction of Maruoka castle in 1576 there were problems stabilizing the stonewalls. It was decided that a human sacrifice was needed to appease the gods. A blind peasant woman volunteered to be a hitobashira (human post) in exchange for her son to be made a samurai cnn.com/travel/article/ja…
The Verve received permission from Decca to use a few notes of a string melody from a Rolling Stones orchestral album in exchange for half of The Verve's royalties on "Bitter Sweet Symphony." But the Stones' manager sued The Verve for plagiarism, saying Verve's use was not just a small sample. npr.org/2019/05/23/726227…
An American student studying on exchange in Sweden, Dean Cushman, discovered Roxette & gave their album to his local Minneapolis radio station KDWB 101.3 FM. This led to Roxette being signed by EMI Records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rox…
GTT Express is a $300m transatlantic cable between New York and London stock exchanges to reduce transmission latency by 5ms fiberatlantic.com/system/…
The Dutch East India Company was the first company to ever go public on a stock exchange, raising enough capital to become a multinational conglomerate with over 70,000 employees. At it's peak, the company was worth 78 million Dutch guilders - equivalent to $7.4 trillion today. fool.com/investing/genera…
Rounding errors resulted in a 25pts loss per month of the index of the Vancouver Stock Exchange en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
'that when a male anglerfish finds a female, he will bite down and latch onto her body, where his tissues and circulatory systems will fuse with hers. In exchange for nutrients from the female, the male loses his eyes, fins, teeth, and most internal organs, only serving as a sperm bank for her.' news.nationalgeographic.c…
In 2006 Disney traded NFL play-by-play announcer Al Michaels to NBC Universal in exchange for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald was created by Walt Disney before Mickey Mouse but had been, up to 2006, a β€œUniversal Studios” character that Disney didn’t own. wikinews.org/wiki/ESPN_tr…
Today I learned about Lepa Radic, youngest recipient of Croatia's Order of the National Hero award after WWII. Before she was executed by Nazis in 1942 she was offered her life in exchange for the lives of her part members to which she said her comrades would only be revealed when they avenged her death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lep…
Fishermen held an endangered turtle hostage in exchange for Galapagos fishing access, and won. theguardian.com/environme…
Due to a typo, the Japanese company Mizuho Securities tried to sell 610,000 shares for a yen each (less than a penny) instead of 1 share for 610,000 yen (around $5,000). Despite three separate attempts to cancel it, the Tokyo Stock Exchange processed it anyway, costing the company $225 million. cbsnews.com/news/stock-tr…
Monkeys can learn to use money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped, and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex. nytimes.com/2005/06/05/ma…
The Vikings had their own version of rap battling called "flyting" which is "a ritual, poetic exchange of insults practised mainly between the 5th and 16th centuries" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Long before rap battles, there was "flyting": the exchange of witty, insulting verses that often involved accusations of cowardice and sexual perversion. The verbal throwdowns were popular in England and Scotland from the 5th to 16th centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
KFC essentially bought the "naming rights" of a newborn baby in exchange for $11,000. theatlantic.com/family/ar…
The World Bank stopped tracking inflation in Zimbabwe in November 2008, when it reached 79.6 billion percent. One year later, the country abandoned its currency. The exchange rate at the time was $35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars to $1 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Kodak discovered the US was testing atomic weapons due to problems appearing on their consumer film. Kodak was worried about their product and profits ultimately striking a deal with the US Government in order to get schedules and maps of future tests in exchange for Kodak's silence. popularmechanics.com/scie…
There is a stock exchange of pirates. npr.org/sections/money/20…
The King of Siam used to gift albino elephants to courtiers who displeased him, in order to ruin them with the upkeep costs β€” this is the supposed inspiration for the White Elephant Gift Exchange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
After the 1997 conviction of double-murderer Dennis Keith Smith, he agreed to disclose the location of his victim's body in exchange for a burrito youtube.com/watch?v=AoocO…
In β€œForrest Gump”, the Apple letter that Forrest receives telling him about his Apple stock is dated 9/23/1975, but the company didn’t go public on the stock exchange until 12/12/1980. upbeatnews.com/mm-2/the-c…
That, in 1873, Harriet Tubman was offered $5,000 worth of southern gold in exchange for $2,000, when she went to receive the gold, Tubman was attacked, knocked out with chloroform, her money was stolen and the men got away by the time she woke up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1919, Arthur Savage of Savage Arms was approached by Chief Lame Deer to buy rifles for his tribe in New York. Lame Deer offered to allow Savage to use his image as its logo in exchange for discounted rifles and an annual fee. As of 2018, Savage Arms was still paying the annual fee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Hoover once offered free round trip plane tickets (UK to USA) in exchange for the purchase of a Β£100 vacuum. When the promotion worked too well, they tried to refuse to honour the deal. thehustle.co/the-worst-sa…
Jamie Hyneman designed Blendo, a combat robot that was deemed too hazardous for Robot Wars after repeatedly throwing pieces of its opponents over arena walls. It received co-championship status in exchange for withdrawing from the competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
The Luxor Obelisk was given to France by Ruler of Ottoman Egypt in exchange for a French mechanical clock. The clock turned out to be faulty and the worthless clock still exists to this day in a clocktower in Egypt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The theme song from Tetris is actually a Russian folk song. It is titled Korobeiniki, and describes a peddler who offers a girl various goods in exchange for sex, then agrees to marry her before being murdered by a forest ranger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
The twin-tower residential skyscraper complex called "The Imperial" in Mumbai is one of the tallest buildings in India. Its building firm provides free land and rehabilitation to slum dwellers in exchange for rights for property development en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a long-term care facility in the Netherlands that allows college students to stay for free in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer per month. When students come home from a class, concert, or party, they share those experiences with their elderly neighbors, some of whom are over 90 citylab.com/housing/2015/…
Bon Jovi has a restaurant that has no price. Guests pay whatever they can or volunteer in exchange for their meal. people.com/food/jon-bon-j…
The Olympic Exchange Theory says the Titanic did not sink. The sister ship, Olympic, was disguised as the Titanic and sank. It was an insurance scam by the owners 'International Mercantile Marine Group' controlled by J.P Morgan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
A Japanese exchange student wearing a white tuxedo was shot and killed by a property owner after showing up by mistake at a wrong house for a Halloween party. His last words were "We're here for the party!". The court ruled the killer not guilty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Severe solar storms in 1989 caused a massive blackout in Quebec, shut down the Toronto stock exchange, and triggered Cold War fears of a nuclear attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Every autumn you can exchange chestnuts and acorns against gummy bears at the HARIBO factory in germany because the founder was a passionate hunter and wanted to give even poor children the opportunity for some free sweets fondations.net/acorns-lea…
Microsoft gave the domain Bob.com to a guy named Bob in exchange for Windows2000.com theregister.co.uk/1999/11…
In the theatrical release of Bruce Almighty, God pages Bruce using a real phone number. The owners of the number (which included a church in North Carolina) got hundreds of phone calls from people wanting to talk to God. The TV/video versions were edited to show the fictional 555 exchange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Slovakia and Slovenia are mistakenly thought to be each other so often they meet once a month to exchange wrongly adressed mail slovak-republic.org/slove…

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