Tiffany Haddish’s mother Leola suffered severe brain damage in a car accident that Tiffany’s stepfather caused. He had tampered with the brakes on her mother's car, intending the wreck to kill Haddish, her siblings, and her mother so he could collect on their life insurance policies. news.amomama.com/amp/2175…
Today I learned about Vernon FL, aka Nub City. In the late 1950s to early 60s, two thirds of all insurance claims in the US for accidental loss of limbs were in that area. People were purposefully maiming themselves for the insurance money en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
An English murderer named William Palmer earned thousands of pounds from life insurances of relatives who died under strange circumstances before being convicted. He is suspected of several murders including 4 of his children, all whom died of 'convulsions' before the age of 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Residents of Virginia are not required to have insurance on their vehicles. You can pay $500 and "drive at your own risk" dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyds of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' was released. Lloyds refused. londonist.com/2014/07/sta…
One of the few cases of a child actually dying from intentionally poisoned Halloween candy was Timothy O'Bryan. The Culprit had been his own father Ronald, who had laced his pixy sticks with cyanide to claim his life insurance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Harvey Ross Ball invented the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. It was intended to be morale boosting for insurance companies. He was paid $45 for 10 minutes work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smi…
Microsoft had to fly in the Photographer of the "Bliss" Image (XP Background), because no courier service had an insurance which would have covered the six figure price tag on the Photograph/Original Negative en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Actor Dean Winters suffered from a bacterial infection in 2009, died in the ambulance, was revived and in the ICU for 3 weeks, after recovering he developed Gangrene and had multiple amputations and skin grafts. He is now better known for playing "Mayhem" in the Allstate Insurance commercials. pagesix.com/2010/06/18/de…
The Supreme Royal Circle of Friends of the World, (Royal Circle of Friends) was an African-American fraternal organization founded in 1909 in Arkansas. It supplied insurance and was dedicated to the moral, physical, social, and economic welfare of its members. Men and women were equal members. encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…
Today I learned of Harvey Ross Ball, he is recognized as the designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, which became an enduring and notable international icon as a morale-boosting icon for insurance employees. He was paid $45 for his 10 minutes of work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
It's common for japanese golfers to take out a Hole-in-one insurance because of the expensive traditional celebrations afterwards en.woshiru.com/living-in-…
Today I learned of Jack Gilbert Graham, who stashed a bomb in his mother's suitcase before she flew in order to collect from a life insurance policy that he had bought from an airport vending machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
; Insurance companies count being charged with not having your insurance slip as an infraction and increases your insurance rate insurancehotline.com/reso…
Carrie Fisher was originally cast as Miss Scarlet in the 1985 cult classic film β€˜Clue’ but was replaced last minute by Lesley Ann Warren after the insurance company for the film wouldn’t cover Carrie Fisher because she had just checked into an outpatient rehab for cocaine addiction. sfist.com/2020/01/13/clue…
Kids falling victim to tampered Halloween candy is an urban myth. None of the reports have found to be true. In one case a child died from heroin found at a relative's. In another a child died after eating cyanide-laced candy from his father who'd taken out a life insurance policy on him. joelbest.net/halloween-sa…
Dead Peasants Insurance is when a company hugely benefits from the death of an employee while the family is left with medical and funeral bills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In Japan, 40% of golfers have hole-in-one insurance. Celebrations of the feat have become so expensive, millions of golfers pay $65/year for $3500 of coverage to reimburse any costs incurred (champagne, food, tree-planting ceremonies, etc.) while celebrating the "lucky" shot. en.woshiru.com/living-in-…
Walmart used to take out life insurance policies on their employees and keep the payouts when they died, a practice colloquially known as β€œDead Peasant Insurance” news.wfsu.org/post/walmar…
Fantasy football team owners can purchase insurance that would cover league entry fees and research costs to a maximum of $1,000 in the event a key player has a season ending injury. riskandinsurance.com/real…
Today I learned of the Zong Massacre. In 1781, a British slave ship threw 130 chained African slaves overboard and claimed compensation under the ship's insurance. They falsely blamed the act on water shortage and lost their case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
Today I learned about Dr. Farid Fata, an oncologist who falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
The Apollo astronauts couldn't get life insurance for their unique, dangerous jobs...so they signed hundreds of autographs, which their families would have been able to sell if they didn't make it home. npr.org/sections/money/20…
There is actually an Insurance Policy for Alien Abduction!! trustedchoice.com/insuran…
Auto insurance companies donate laser guns to police departments. Laser is much more difficult to defeat than radar guns, and this investment pays back the insurance company dividends because of the increased revenue raised through higher insurance premiums. autoblog.com/2015/11/10/l…
The Apollo astronauts could not get life insurance, so they signed hundreds of envelopes as memorabilia in the event of their death. businessinsider.com/neil-…
From the 1950s until the 1970s, vending machines were used at American airports to sell life insurance policies covering death, in the event that the buyer's flight crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
The war in Malaysia in the early fifties was known as The Malayan Emergency so that plantation owners could claim insurance for any damages as their policies did not cover civil war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The Geto Boys' 1991 album We Can't Be Stopped was taken in the hospital the day after Bushwick Bill was shot in the eye. High on PCP and drunk on Everclear, he said he shot himself during a tussle with his girlfriend, but later stated he told his mother to shoot him for insurance money. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
After World War 2, Japanese insurance companies started putting in one-year exemption clauses in their policies, so that people who would sign in must wait one year before killing themselves to get the money. As a result, the suicide rate spiked on the thirteenth month of the contract. theatlantic.com/internati…
Butternut Squash were First Bred in the 1940s by an Insurance Salesman slocountyfarmers.org/an-i…
Entrepreneur Laura Scudder (1881-1959), a pioneer of marking food with freshness dates & of using chips bags was refused insurance by male agents. After decades she gave up a $9 million offer for her company when the buyer wouldn't guarantee workers' jobs. (A later $6M offer did protect them.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
The British war in Malaya 1948-1960 that left 14,000 dead was only ever referred to as an "emergency" rather than a war- purely to avoid invalidating insurance policies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned about an underground insurance scheme which existed in Mumbai for local train commuters. It works by paying RS.500 to the insurer, who will pay back any fine paid, if caught while traveling ticketless in the local trains. freakonomics.com/2007/03/…
Cornelius Vander Starr, founder of AIG (American Insurance Group) – one of the largest insurance companies in the world – was a former agent for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) – the precursor of the CIA – operating in China during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
"bully insurance" is offered by companies in France and Japan to cover property damaged or stolen by other children, broken bones and shattered eyeglasses. japantoday.com/category/n…
In a legal battle after the September 11th attacks, the leaseholder of the WTC claimed that he was owed double insurance payments, as each attack was a separate event, but lost in court, in which the jury decided it was actually one attack cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/29/at…
Stanley Kubrick attempted to take an insurance policy out on Space Odyssey 2001 in case NASA's Mariner IV probe discovered Martians during its flyby of Mars and rendered his movie obsolete. It was too expensive so he took a chance. 2001italia.it/2014/05/50-…
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…
When AMC introduced the Hornet SC360 muscle car, they purposefully gave it a weight/power ratio just high enough to qualify for lower insurance rates (so on the 12.5 lbs/1 HP line). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC…
The masked booby bird on Galapagos lays 2 eggs about six days apart and the stronger chick (typically the elder) will evict the weaker out of the nest where it will almost always die. Two eggs are laid as β€œinsurance” in case one doesn’t hatch. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
One of the most expensive wine bottles that was never to have been drunk was a 1787 Margaux from Thomas Jeffersons Collection, the owner brought it to a restaurant and a waiter knocked it over. Insurance payout was $225,000 in 1989 telegraph.co.uk/finance/n…
Pearl Jam's song Jeremy is based on the real-life classroom suicide of Jeremy Wade Delle of Texas, who was released from a mental hospital and sent back to school -- reportedly, once his insurance money ran out he was deemed "cured" . ssheps.com/jeremynew.htm
Mythbusters hosts Adam and Jamie built a combat robot for the show Robot Wars. It was so effective that it often sent pieces of its opponent's bodywork over the shield walls of the arena into the crowd, and after two fights the show's insurance company deemed the bot "too hazardous" to compete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
A goat named β€œBig Boy” escaped from an Ohio farm and headbutted through a glass door in a local home & was found in the bathroom. Failing to get lured out by carrots, dog bone & grass, he was led out by the horns. The family's home insurance covers damage from deer & bears but not goats. abcnews.go.com/US/goat-br…
The Apollo 11 astronauts signed applications to Travelers Insurance Company for space travel accident insurance for their mission to the moon. The policies would insure against accidents but also against "disease endemic to the lunar surface or its environs". travelers.co.uk/about-us/…
Lloyds of London is known for providing unusual insurance policies. Things insured by Lloyds of London include Keith Richards' fingers, Michael Flatley's legs for $47m, Keiran Lee's penis for $1m, and the hands of the 1932 world yo-yo champion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
Some pirates say they've been hired by companies to hijack a ship and "lose it" so that the companies can gain the insurance money youtu.be/GFCE0YRQkt8
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) holds the record for the biggest car repair bill (via a successful insurance claim) to fix his crashed McLaren F1 - more than Β£900k news.sky.com/story/mr-bea…

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