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…
44 US states have libraries with 4.5" telescopes to loan out for free librarytelescope.org/loca…
In 2009, a Latvian company offered short-term loans of up to $500, with the clients signing their immortal soul as collateral. The company said they wouldn't employ debt collectors to get its money back: "If they don’t give it back, what can you do? They won’t have a soul, that’s all" fr.reuters.com/article/us…
After returning from WWII over 1 million black americans were denied the benefits of the GI bill for free education and low rate home loans history.com/.amp/news/gi-…
There are more payday loan stores in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s research.stlouisfed.org/p…
"home equity loan" is a euphemism for a second mortgage. Invented in 1982/83, the term was part of a systematic effort to sell more loans and financial products. npr.org/transcripts/87740…
, Lal Bihari Mritak, a farmer from Azamgarh, UP (India) discovered he had been declared legally dead when he tried to apply for a bank loan! He then spent 19 years trying to prove to the government he was actually alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lal…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
After returning from WWII, over 1 million black americans were denied the benefits of the GI bill for free education and low rate home loans. history.com/news/gi-bill-…
The 2008 crash had over 5 trillion dollars worth of useless mortgage loans. investopedia.com/ask/answ…
... On 31 December 2006, Britain made a final payment of about $83m (Β£45.5m) and thereby discharged the last of its WWII loans from the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Since the studio didn’t have enough budget to shoot Riddick (2013). Vin Diesel had to mortgage his house, obtain loans and spend most of his own money on the production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
Walt Disney took out multiple loans to finance Snow White, evening mortgaging his own house to pay for it. At the time, insiders in the film industry thought the film would bomb and called it β€œDisney’s Folly”. Even Walt’s wife, Lillian, thought it would bomb. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The photographer (Eddie Adams) of the South Vietnamese officer (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executing the North Vietnamese man in front of him regretted ever publishing the picture and refused to testify against him when Nguyen was brought to trial on charges of committing a war crime. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Shakespeare’s scripts contain over 2200 never-before-seen wordsβ€”a diverse collection of loan-words from foreign languages, compound words from existing English terms, nouns turned into verbs, and creatively applied prefixesβ€”many of which have entered into everyday language. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
Former Ugandan president Idi Amin asked Japan's government to loan him Kamikaze fighters in order to use them against the Tanzanians during the, 1979 Air campaign of the Uganda–Tanzania War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Seattle's Sound Transit renamed its proposed "Red Line" rail because the name evoked "redlining," the historic practice of denying mortgage loans to poor, mostly minority, neighborhoods, which further impoverished them. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Chobani began after Hamdi Ulukaya saw an ad for a Kraft yogurt plant that had closed and bought it through a small business loan. Today they operate the world's largest yogurt plant and workers have 10% ownership stake. For the first few years the 800 number on the label went straight to Hamdi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
In 1833 Britain used 40% of its national budget to free all slaves in the Empire. The loan for the Slavery Abolition Act was so large that it was not paid off until 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
In 2020 the average American auto loan term went above 70 months for the first time. cnet.com/roadshow/news/av…
Photographer Eddie Adams regretted that Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan was perceived negatively after his Pulitzer-winning photograph of Loan executing a war criminal and described Loan as "a goddamned hero." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
The CFPB ordered Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank to pay $80 million in damages to African-American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander consumers harmed by Ally's discriminatory auto loan pricing, and $18 million in civil money penalties. consumerfinance.gov/polic…
In 2018 the car loan platform Lending Tree reported that while Tesla buyers only spent 4.6% of income on car payments, the least among all studied brands, the highest payment-to-income ratio brands were Buick and Chrysler, with both having buyers spend 10.9% of their income on car payments. autonews.com/article/2018…
Today I learned of Gilberto Baschiera, an Italian banker considered a modern-day Robin Hood. Over the course of 7 years, he secretly diverted 1 million euros to poorer clients from the wealthy ones so they could qualify for loans. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Today I learned about Gilberto Baschiera, an Italian banker heralded a as modern-day Robin Hood. Over a period of 7 years, he secretly diverted 1 million euros from wealthy clients to poorer clients so they could qualify for loans. He did not profit from the scheme and avoided jail in 2018 after a plea bargain. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The Credito Emiliano bank in Northern Italy has been accepting Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as security for a bank loan since 1953. foxnews.com/food-drink/it…
In 1864, the Confederate Army forced Frederick, Maryland, to pay $200,000 or be burned to the ground. The town had to borrow the money from local banks and didn’t finish paying off the loans until 1951. fredericknewspost.com/new…
In the civil war, the commander of the Union "lightning brigade" personally took out a loan to buy his soldiers advanced new repeating rifles because the government would not supply them. Using the firepower advantage afforded by the new rifles, his brigade proved extremely effective in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
, most Giant Pandas 🐼 that you see in your country’s zoo are on loan by China. theguardian.com/world/201…
More millennials than ever are taking out wedding loans to pay for their 'dream' wedding, with some taking out as much as $30,000 in loans (to pay off in up to 7 years) to get the ultimate 'Instagramable' wedding venue. cnbc.com/2019/07/31/coupl…
When you pay off your loans (student, installment, auto etc.), your credit score may drop significantly ovlg.com/education/what-h…
The Nobel Prize committee maintains its funds by investing in securities, real estate, the stock market, bonds, loans etc. As per the will which established the committee it was supposed to invest in "safe securities" but the term was re-interpreted after the two world wars. nobelprize.org/about/fina…
After billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College class of 2019 (400 graduates) by paying the educational loan debt worth $34 million, he will also pay off their parents college loans. usatoday.com/story/money/…
The Spanish word "bistec" is simply an abbreviated loan word derived from "beef steak". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Registering to vote in the UK improves your credit score and can help you get a loan/mortgage. bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-5…
Chad Kroeger took a $4000 loan from his stepfather so his band, Nickelback, could record their first EP. In truth, only half went towards recording the EP; the other half went to buying magic mushrooms. loudwire.com/nickelback-w…
Mormons built the Las Vegas casino industry. Utah-born bankers Parry Thomas and Jerry Mack are credited with financing the industry, running the only bank that would make loans to casinos. latimes.com/entertainment…
American slaveowners could get bank loans and mortgages on slaves economics.yale.edu/sites/…
Today I learned about Panda diplomacy. It is China's use of giant pandas as diplomatic gifts to other countries. The practice existed as far back as the Tang dynasty. China began to offer pandas to other nations only on ten-year loans. The standard loan terms include a fee of up to US$1,000,000 per year. wikipedia.org/wiki/Panda_…
Since 1953, the Italian bank, Credito Emiliano, has accepted giant wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as collateral for business loans. italoamericano.org/story/…
The German city of Augsburg was given a colony in present-day Venezuela called Klein-Venedig in the 1500s when the Habsburg emperor couldn't repay a loan back in cash en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kle…
George Washington, the son of a black slave, founded the town of Centralia in Washington state. Washington helped fellow residents in many ways, including selling property for little money down, offering loans at no interest, and providing work when no other was available historylink.org/File/5276
King Louis IX aka 'Saint Louis' made gambling, loans, & prostitution illegal. He also introduced innocent until proven guilty, banned trials by ordeal, created the military police & bailiffs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
With a practice dating back to the 16th century, there are still some banks in Italy which accept wheels of Parmesan as collateral for a secured loan with favourable terms edition.cnn.com/2013/08/1…
While filming The Hateful Eight Kurt Russel mistakenly smashed a priceless 1870s Martin Guitar on loan from the museum when the prop department forgot he was holding the original. The Martin Museum says "the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances." echoba.se/kurt-russel-acc…
In the UK with the average funeral costing Β£3675 people are turning to loans, which has led to a "funeral debt" of Β£147m moneywise.co.uk/news/2016…
During the presidency of JΓ’nio Quadros, Brazil was faced with high inflation and large debts. Quadros negotiated for Brazil to receive 1.64 billion dollars of new loans, greatly mitigating the debt crisis that it had been facing. He also banned women from wearing bikinis on the beach en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
In 1897 Cassie Chadwick convinced Dillon, an Ohio banker, that she was the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie due to inherit $400M. Bankers began offering her high interest loans up to $1 million letting it compound and she amassed loan debts of $2-20 million worth ~$60-600 million today. womeninhistoryohio.com/ca…
The Old Testament, New Testament, and the Qur'an all have passages that denounce and in many cases downright prohibit collecting interest on loans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usu…

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