William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller's father and patriarch of the incredibly wealthy family, was a con man and snake oil salesman, and intentionally lent money to impoverished farmers to take their land history.com/news/john-d-r…
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/…
Jeremy Clarkson published his bank details in a newspaper to try and make the point that his money would be safe and that the spectre of identity theft was a sham. Within a few days, someone set up a direct debit for Β£500 in favor of a charity, which didn’t require any identification theguardian.com/money/200…
The Breaking Bad team was offered $75 million to produce three additional episodes after the final season. This much money was stated to be more than the profits they had made in five years. The team refused, saying that the final episodes did not lend themselves to additional installments. indiewire.com/2019/07/jef…
A lottery winner wore a scream mask to collect his one million so that his relatives won't take his money says.com/my/fun/this-man-…
A man in the UK grew tired of cold callers to his phone line, so he set up his own phone line as a premium rate number. When cold callers phoned him, he would be making money by keeping them talking. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
During the 2008 financial crisis, Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ made a $9 billion investment in Morgan Stanley, to keep it from collapsing. The emergency deal was confirmed on Columbus Day, when banks are closed, so the money couldn't be wired - so Mitsubishi UFJ wrote out a $9,000,000,000 cheque businessinsider.com/the-9…
There is an inverse correllation between the amount of money spent on a wedding, and how long the marriage lasts. The more people spend on the ceremony, the more likely the couple will get divorced. insider.com/study-couples…
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called "looking backwards" in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today. bbc.co.uk/teach/live-less…
Michael Larson, a contestant on game show Press Your Luck, memorized the patterns of the Big Board and won $110k in cash and prizes. CBS initially refused to pay him because they suspected him of cheating but paid him anyway. He later lost half of all his money in a break-in and died broke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Denise Rossi, who won 1.3$ millions in lottery and 11 days later went on to divorce her husband so that she wouldn't have to share her money, had to give all of the winnings to her Husband ultimately, because she didn't disclosed her assets beforehand. lottoanalyst.com/greedy-l…
A man named beneficiaries in his will by picking 70 random names out of a phone book. His estate included a 12-room apartment in Lisbon, a house, a luxury car, two motorcycles, and money in bank accounts. Each beneficiary received several thousand euros. theguardian.com/world/200…
Norwegians pay half tax in November (compensating by pay more tax in other months), so everyone has more money for Christmas. fmpglobal.com/blog/tax-sy…
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard ran 27 marathons in 27 days to raise money for Sport Relief bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the "Success Kid" meme made enough money to fund his dad's kidney transplant. globalnews.ca/news/287087…
6 years after resigning, Nixon testified on behalf of former FBI assistant director Mark Felt at Felt's own trial, and gave money to Felt's defense fund. In 2005 Felt revealed he had been "Deep Throat", Bob Woodward's source while breaking the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
Rudolph Hass, the man who grew and patented the original Hass avocado tree, didn't make very much money despite its success as most people bought one single tree and then grew vast orchards from cuttings. He only made $5000 from his patent, and remained a postman his entire life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Just 8% of the worlds currency is physical money, the rest is held on computers. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Dwayne Johnson’s β€˜Seven Bucks Production’ Is Named After How Much Money He Had After Being Cut From The CFL In 1995 goals.com/from-seven-buck…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
Ivy league schools all had ties to the Opium trade in the late 19th century with major benefactors using their drug money to fund libraries, societies and even Princeton itself. Undergrads even began running opium dens from Boston to New York until a Harvard student OD'd in 1889. thecrimson.com/article/20…
Grand Theft Auto V is the highest grossing media title of all time. The game made more money than any movie, album, or video game. It made twice as much money as the highest grossing film of all time. marketwatch.com/story/thi…
The term "Playboy" was initially popularized by the life of Harry Kendall Thaw, a millionaire sociopath and mentally ill railroad heir who spent money lavishly to fund his obsessive partying, drug addiction, abusive behavior (including murder), and gratification of sexual appetites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of Henry Grimes, a jazz bassist who disappeared in 1970 and was presumed dead. He was found by a social worker in 2002, destitute and with no bass. After people loaned him instruments and money, he made a remarkable comeback, eventually winning a lifetime achievement award in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In 2004, German football club FC Union Berlin was facing bankruptcy and didn't have the €1.5 million deposit required to participate in the season. Their fans gave blood en masse and donated the money they got to save the club. footyaccumulators.com/new…
Today I learned about NΓ‘brΓ³k, or "necropants." According to Icelandic witchcraft, these are pants made of human skin that produce an endless supply of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
The opening to Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing", which has guest artist Sting recite "I want my MTV", led to it being the first song to play on MTV Europe when it first aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Black Plague solved the overpopulation problem in the 14th century. In the aftermath, there was more land available, more food for better dietary habits, more money due to an increase in wages and an increase in life expectancy. americanscientist.org/art…
A "bottle episode" in TV, in which characters sit around and talk for an entire episode, was created to save money and/or time, as in "we pulled that episode out of a bottle like a genie." Today it is revered, and shows like Seinfeld, Friends and Always Sunny have turned it into an art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
8-yr-old Saga Vanecek found a 1,500-yr-old sword when wading in a lake in Sweden. She pointed it up to the sky and called out, β€œDaddy, I’ve found a sword!” She was bummed when her dad made her give the sword to the local museum and said she was raising money to make a sword replica for herself. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Over 1,000,000 wills in the United States list a dog as the primary beneficiary. A German Shepherd who inherited his owner's money was able to pass $375 million onto his puppies. insider.com/richest-pets-…
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc sold his HP scientific calculator while Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to raise the money they needed to build the first batch of circuit boards for Apple-1 computers. They got $500 (About $2.3k today) and $1,500 (About $6.9k today) each. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In the 1990s, a Russian mafia and Italian mafia organization participated in a literal money-laundering scheme, washing and bleaching the ink out of US$1 bills and reprinting them as $100s, for use in the post-Soviet bloc countries, where the bills might avoid detection as counterfeits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe owned roughly one percent of all the money in Denmark, wore a nose made of gold after losing his own in a duel and had a pet moose that he sent out to attend parties in his place until it one night got so drunk that it fell down a flight of stairs and broke its neck mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Intelligence officers often use the acronym MICE to describe the four main motives for spying: Money, Ideology, Compromise, Ego afio.com/publications/CHA…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned of Billie Bob Harrell, Jr. from Texas. In June 1997, he won $31M from lottery. He bought a ranch. He bought cars each for himself, wife & 3 children. He donated money to his church. Everyone he knew, even strangers, were asking him for money. 20 months later he shot himself to death. houstonpress.com/news/bil…
Today I learned of Fukushi Masaichi, collector of tattoos taken from the dead. He had acquired these skins by working in a charity hospital, and by offering people money "to finish their tattoos on the condition he could harvest the tattoo when they died." vice.com/en_uk/article/mv…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about the existence of "reverse money laundering", the process of disguising the use of clean money to finance illegal activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
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…
Your central air systems works more efficiently, and saves more money, with interior doors open, not closed. easybreezyac.com/leave-do…
The Dallas Cowboys were founded when Clint Murchison Jr. inherited his oil tycoon father's fortune of $200 million ($1.4 billion in today's money) and decided to start his own football team with the money. msn.com/en-us/money/perso…
German biologist Stefan Lanka, who believed that measles was a "psychosomatic illness", announced that he would pay 100,000 Euros to anyone who could prove that measles was a virus. German doctor David Barden proved him wrong and Lanka was ordered by the court to pay the money as promised. time.com/3743883/german-b…
Delivery companies hijack phone numbers of restaurants and are hemorrhaging money. Grubhub lost $33 million on $360 million in revenue in Q1. Doordash lost $450 million off $900 million in revenue in 2019. Uber Eats has Uber's highest profits. Uber Eats spent $1.2 B to make $734 million themargins.substack.com/p…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
The company formed by the Beatles to handle their wealth was mismanaged by them and exploited by their employees who purchased drugs and alcohol, lunched at expensive restaurants, and made regularly international calls, and lent money to people never to be seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
A Tribe Called Quest received no money for their hit song, Can I Kick It? because of a mistake made by the record label not clearing Lou Reed's bass sample beforehand. Reed agreed the use under the one condition, he gets the royalties. factmag.com/2015/11/18/a-…
In 2012 an 11 year old boy accidentally flew to Rome alone without any money, passports, or boarding passes while running away from his mom in a mall. No one realized until the plane was already halfway to Italy. telegraph.co.uk/news/avia…
Getty Images has repeatedly been caught selling the rights for photographs it doesn't own, including public domain images. In one incident they demanded money from a famous photographer for the use of one of her own pictures. latimes.com/business/hilt…
Ed Sullivan asked Buddy Holly to not play his song β€œOh Boy” on his show because it was too suggestive. Holly refused, so Sullivan mispronounced Holly’s name and cut the feed from his guitar. The band was still a huge hit. When asked back again, Holly said Sullivan didn’t have enough money. youtube.com/watch?v=j53OP…
Ulysses S. Grant invested his own money in his son's firm, but it was not enough to save the firm from failure. Essentially penniless, but compelled by a sense of personal honor, Grant repaid Vanderbilt with his Civil War mementos. The matter left Grant financially destitute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Jesse Dimmick, a kidnapper, tried to sue his hostages for escaping, claiming that "they broke an oral contract" in exchange for offering them money to keep him hidden from the authorities knewthenews.com/Market/13…
The due to internet popularity, Sammy Griner, the child from the 'Success Kid' meme raised enough money to fund his father's kidney transplant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
In 2017 Department of Justice charged that money used to produce Dumb and Dumber To was stolen from a Malaysian government investment fund. Prosecutors filed a Forfeiture Complaint in federal court to seize ownership rights of the movie as well as the rights to the Daddy's Home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum…
The feminist anthem Respect was written and originally recorded by Otis Redding about a man asking for respect when he brings home money. npr.org/2017/02/14/515183…
David Copperfield and his assistants were robbed at gunpoint. While his assistants handed over their money and phone, David used sleight of hand to hide his possessions. hollywood.com/celebrities…
The food court at Costco makes so much money selling pizza to hungry shoppers, it's ranked as the 14th largest pizza chain in the US - even beating out California Pizza Kitchen, among others businessinsider.com/costc…
Rev. Rul. 69-68, 1969-1 C.B. 153, holds that gambling (even if illegal) is a proper activity for social clubs (Fraternities) exempt under IRC 501(c)(7) because it supplies pleasure and recreation to members and guests, even if it has an additional purpose of raising money. irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eoto…
When Washington became president, he scrapped the plans for "Washington monument" as he didn’t want to use public money for a personal memorial monument. Long after he died, In 1833 a small group of Washingtonians established a society to raise private funds for the project and got it built. wikipedia.org/wiki/Washin…
In order to arrest two Russian hackers, the FBI created a fake startup company called Invita, and invited them to the U.S. for a β€œjob interview”. The two men accepted and were arrested. They had hacked into the networks of at least 40 U.S. companies and then tried to extort money. nbcnews.com/id/3078784#.X…
Sliced bread was banned in 1943 to save money and help the economy during World War II mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. econstor.eu/bitstream/104…
Today I learned about the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. If a company owed you money but couldn't pay you because of out of date contact information, it is possible that money is now available to be claimed through the NAUPA. unclaimed.org/
Despite being hospitalized for E.Coli from eating at Chipotle, a 19-yr-old woman told her lawyer to ask for free Chipotle burrito coupons to be included in her settlement. Chipotle paid her an undisclosed sum of money plus gave her about 3 dozen free burrito coupons. foxnews.com/food-drink/ho…
A man walked across Australia, from Perth to Sydney, dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to raise money for a charity that helps cheer up hospitalized children. Over 9 months he traveled 3000 miles (5000km), lost over 26lbs (12kg), went through 7 pairs of shoes, and raised more than $100,000. mnn.com/health/fitness-we…
The top 3 most expensive skateboards ever sold were a collaboration between Tony Hawk & Ben Harper to raise money for skateparks in low income communities. The highest price paid was $38,425 for a skateboard with the lyrics to "Blowin' in the Wind" personnally penned by Bob Dylan on it. moneyinc.com/most-expensi…
Monaco citizens cannot play in the Monte Carlo casino. In the 19th century, Princess Caroline forbade citizens to play in casinos, insisting that profits should be received only from foreigners. In exchange, citizens of Monaco donΒ΄t have to pay income taxes as Monaco uses casino money instead. bbc.com/travel/story/2013…
A *convicted money forger* was honored by becoming the face on the Australian 10 dollar bill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Government agencies such as the FDA and EPA have valued human life at around $10 million. They use this to assess how much money to spend on different programs. bloomberg.com/graphics/20…
The Apollo Missions (11 to 16), astronauts had trouble getting life insurance as no one would insure someone being in the high risk environment of Space, so they autographed some postal covers before they left Earth. On the chance they didn't come back, those items would be sold for money. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
Super Mario is named after real-life businessman Mario Segale, who was renting out a warehouse to Nintendo. After Nintendo fell far behind on rent, Segale did not evict them but gave them a second chance to come up with the money. Nintendo succeeded and named their main character after him. gamespot.com/gallery/35-f…
Steve Martin leaked his own rider, which includes a roasted chicken to use as a dancing puppet, a pair of swim trunks in case there is a pool onstage, and a booklet called "How to Make Money From the Banjo". (The booklet must be more than two pages long.) stevemartin.com/stevemart…
A con man tricked Al Capone out of $5,000. He got Capone to give him $50,000 to invest in a scam. After 2 months, he returned it. He told Capone that the scam had fallen through, and he had no money left to support himself. Capone, stung by his honesty, gave him $5,000 to β€œtide him over”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
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…
Jean-Paul Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature but rejected the award and prize money because he thought it would compromise his independent thinking. theguardian.com/sport/201…
Prince Charles inherits the possessions of anyone who dies in Cornwall without a will or next of kin, a power that in some years has yielded hundreds of thousands of pounds. He funnels the money into charities after deducting his costs. theguardian.com/uk/2013/m…
Between 2000 and 2001 Tesco was the subject of a letter bomb campaign from a person who demanded that the company's loyalty card be modified to enable withdrawing money from ATMs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
The Secret Service spent 10 years searching for Emerich Juettner, a senior citizen counterfeiter. He only made $1 bills, just enough to support himself and his dog, never passing more than one in the same place. When Hollywood based a movie on him, he made more money than his counterfeiting did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Wolf of Wall Street was funded by money embezzled from the Malaysian government. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Rhode Island’s Cranston School District is sending parents who owe lunch money $20 or more and who haven’t paid off the balance within 60 days to collection agency turnto10.com/news/local/c…
In the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. time.com/5750833/new-year…
Today I learned about Dionne quintuplets are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. The identical girls were born just outside Callander Ontario. All five survived to adulthood. The Canadian government used them as a tourist attraction and made good money out of them. time.com/5555131/dionne-q…
It was common in American churches to auction pews to families as a means of raising income, as churches lacked government funding through mandatory tithing. Those lacking money for these pews were demeaned by their relegation to β€œfree seats.” allthingsliberty.com/2018…
USA not only refused to pay reparations to Vietnam but also asked them to return the money "South Vietnam borrowed". theguardian.com/news/2015…
Lou Pearlman, manager of The Backstreet Boys, and N*SYNC, was running a ponzi scheme with money created by the bands, and shell corporations. abcnews.go.com/US/lou-pea…
That, despite scathing reviews, every successive film in the Resident Evil franchise has made more money globally than the previous film (with the exception of Resident Evil: Retribution). The series has made more than $1 billion total and 4 out of 6 of the films opened at #1 in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In 1964 Reg Spiers, an australian athlete, shipped himself from London to Australia in a box, because he had no money to pay for a plane ticket to come back home for his daugter's birthday. ripleys.com/weird-news/re…
The early model pay phones had three slots, one for nickels, dimes and quarters. Each slot would play a different sounding bell, letting the operator on the line calculate how much money was deposited mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-200…
In parts of India, coconut tree climbers earn more money than software engineers. english.mathrubhumi.com/f…
The back vocals on Money for Nothing is by Sting youtu.be/wTP2RUD_cL0
Today I learned of Toshiba’s 300M yen robbery. In which a man dressed as a police officer intercepted a money delivery under a guise of needing to β€˜inspect’ the car for explosives. After lighting a road flare under the car, the thief drove the car and money to β€˜safety’, never to be seen again. unseenjapan.com/300-milli…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…
Today I learned of Shunsuke Takasugi, a japanese actor and fugitive who cheated his fans out of $450,000 by claiming "Super-1's [his character] henshin belt was taken by the Yakuza and I need money to get it back." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu…
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…
When Wheel of Fortune first aired in September 1973, the contestants would try to earn the money for the prizes that they themselves picked out. youtube.com/watch?v=GKReb…
Today I learned of an Ugandan doomsday cult whose followers surrendered their wealth to the church. After the prophesied date passed many disgruntled followers demanded their money back. The cult leaders responded by massacring over 900 of them. The leaders were never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…

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