Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has disdain for money and large wealth accumulation. In 2017 he said he didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values. When Apple went public, Wozniak offered $10 million of his stock to early Apple employees, something Jobs refused to do. wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_…
People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles. npr.org/sections/money/20…
The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors' money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Tchaikovsky had a patron who gave him enough money to quit his job and become a full-time composer, on the condition that they never meet in person. californiasymphony.org/20…
In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
That, in 1986, Michael Moore was an editor for the progressive magazine Mother Jones. He was fired after only four months. The reasoning behind his firing is disputed, but he sued for $2 million, settled for $58,000, and used that money to fund his first movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
The plot of the 2019 film "Joker" was inspired by the real life 1984 NYC Subway shooting. The depiction of the Joker is partially based on Bernard Goetz, who shot and wounded 4-teenagers after being allegedly harassed for money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned about the Living National Treasures of Japan - individuals and groups certified by the government because they are masters of a traditional art or craft that is in danger of being lost. As a reward, they receive a small amount of money from the government every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Ryan Reynolds paid $10,000 of his own money for the right to wear a shirt with The Golden Girl’s Bea Arthur on it in Deadpool. The estate agreed for a donation in that amount to a charity of their choosing. Ryan paid it himself because he felt you couldn’t have Deadpool without Bea Arthur. vulture.com/2016/06/ryan-…
Costco's hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. "If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you," Sinegal said. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1995, an inmΠ°te sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crΡ–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrΠ΅sted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blog…
Bob Barker plans to give all his money to animal causes after his death youtube.com/watch?v=UWegF…
The filmmakers for β€˜The Blair Witch Project’ saved money by returning the video camera to Circuit City after they were done filming moviefone.com/2019/07/15/…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
Today I learned of the Millennium Prize Problems, 7 seemingly impossible unsolved Mathematics problems that were revealed in 2000 and rewarded a $1 million prize to anyone who could solve one. In 2003, Gregori Perelman became the first (and so far only) person to solve one. He turned down the prize money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Pro wrestler Batista decided to get into wrestling after realizing he had squandered his 20s and was living in poverty to the point that he had to borrow money to buy Christmas presents for his kids. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Richard Nixon was offered a scholarship to Harvard , but wasn’t able to attend because his family lacked the money for him to travel there and to sustain his Room & Board . ontheissues.org/Celeb/Ric…
Today I learned of "Copycat Investors", investors who follow exactly what other investors do. Some investors have followed Warren Buffet and lost significant sums of money when the investment does not work out, sometimes losing everything in the process. People like Buffet can afford to lose billions. investopedia.com/articles…
Mark Twain made a substantial amount of money throughout his career but lost most of it. He lost the equivalent of $9,000,000 on a typesetting machine investment, his publishing company failed after selling only 200 copies of one of his books, & he was forced to sell his house in Connecticut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
In the early 19th century the US Senate's desks were updated to make them more usable (i.e. a writing box and an extra drawer). Daniel Webster refused to update his desk, thinking it was a waste of money. The desk is still used as nobody wants to get rid of it since it belonged to Daniel Webster mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The largest amount of money ever stolen in a mugging is Β£291 million, stolen from a Bank of England courier in 1990 in an operation that involved the Five Families, the IRA, and Columbian drug lords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
At a traditional Thai wedding, the groom's way to the ceremony is blocked by a series of "gates" (golden necklaces or belts) held up by bridesmaids and family members. Some can be passed with money, others require him to answer questions, and he may even need to yell out his love or sing a song thethailandlife.com/thai-…
The first cell phone was sold about 35 years ago and cost $4000. That's about $8000 in today's money. mashable.com/2014/03/13/f…
Cuban ballet dancers are arguably the country’s most esteemed export, they often earn more money than doctors, and they perform locally to the type of cheering crowd that in the USA would be reserved for pop stars pbs.org/independentlens/m…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
President Andrew Jackson didn’t like paper money. This is because during his presidency, Paper money was printed by individual banks, and their value could fluctuate greatly. Some of it was worthless, and Jackson felt bankers were abusing the citizenry. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
In 2016, a Utah woman sued herself for the wrongful death of her own husband. The woman was driving with her husband when she flipped her car, killing him. Because she was his named heir, the woman sued herself on behalf of her husband's estate and ultimately inherited the money from the suit. claimsjournal.com/news/we…
Instagram star Dan Bilzerian's father Paul was involved in one of the SEC's longest running fraud cases. He spent 25 hiding assets from the US gov. and the SEC finally admitted defeat. Many believe Dan's fortune didn't come from poker, as he claims, but he simply inherited money from his father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
I learned that over 76% (~$13b) of money lost in the Bernie Madoff Scandal has been recovered and paid back to investors cnbc.com/2018/12/10/the-s…
At age 71 legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen discovered he was nearly broke after his long time manager and former lover stole $5M. The theft started after Cohen entered a Zen Buddhist retreat when he retired, believing he had enough money to live there the rest of his life. irishtimes.com/news/that-…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
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/…
Charles Dickens, who desperate for money, penned the classic holiday tale in six weeks only to sell out within a week. biography.com/news/charle…
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…
Former spanish national team goalkeeper Iker Casilas was given money by his dad for lottery tickets every week but used to spend it on himself. One day 14 of his dad's numbers came up and he lost his dad 1.1 million euros. ng.opera.news/ng/en/sport…
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-…
In Argentina, the 29th day of each month is Gnocchi Day, with almost all families eating gnocchi. The tradition started because the 29th of the month was just before payday, so money was tight, and only potatoes and flour were left. For extra luck, everyone gets a peso under their plate foodrepublic.com/recipes/…
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 first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The first national lottery was in 1597. To encourage people to play all ticket holders were promised freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, felonies, piracy or treason. The prize was Β£5000 paid part in money and part in plate, tapestries and β€˜good linen cloth’. todayinbritishhistory.com…
Today I learned of the Cardiff Giant, created by skeptic George Hull after an argument with a Bible literalist. With the help of various people, he built and buried a 10-foot statue with the intent on duping the susceptible. He cleared roughly $400,000 in today's money. history.com/news/the-card…
All Treasurers of the USA have been women since 1949. Their signatures appear on all paper money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
In 2004, Gary Sinise started the "Lieutenant Dan Band" a cover band that has played over 500 shows around the world to entertain troops and raise money for disabled veterans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lt.…
A man in Utah was cleaning out the attic of his house when he found $45,000 in wrapped bills and coins. Instead of keeping the money, he returned it to the previous owner’s family. abcnews.go.com/Business/u…
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…
The 2007 film "Are We Done Yet?" starring Ice Cube is a remake of the 1986 film "The Money Pit" starring Tom Hanks which was a remake of the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" starring Cary Grant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…

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