Music producer Scott Storch managed to go from $70 million of net worth to bordering on bankruptcy in just a few months by quitting his job, abusing cocaine, purchasing a private jet, a 117-foot yacht and nearly 20 luxury cars, and having a 6-month $30m spending spree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The late king of Jordan was an avid Amateur Radio operator who regularly interacted with people around the world. Taking conversations from anyone who had the privilege of having his JY1 call sign respond he never allowed anyone to call him King on the net, and helped the hobby gain members. theguardian.com/theguardi…
In 1965 a machine was patented to deliver a baby using centrifugal force. The machine would spin you until the baby came out and it would be caught in a net. amusingplanet.com/2019/12…
1996 Olympic Gold wrestler Valentin Yordanov trained at Foxcatcher Farm and later inherited 80% of the net worth of its owner John du Pont, a testicle-less man who died in prison after becoming the sole 'Forbes 400 Richest Americans' to be convicted of murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Cleopatra was one of the wealthiest women of all time. Her net worth today would be around $95.8 billion USD money.com/10-richest-wome…
Cornell University Had To Install Nets Under Its Bridges Because Suicidal Students Kept Jumping Off Them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
2 hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Ward identified and destroyed a Japanese mini-sub attempting to pass through the anti-submarine nets at Pearl Harbor. These were the first American shots fired during WW2, and removed America's neutrality in the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
During the potato famine (1845-1849), Ireland was a net exporter of foodstuffs. Estimates of 1 million starved due to economic policiesβ€”The "Protestant Ascendancy" created an environment where food was simply unaffordable to the Catholic majority population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Ortolan Bunting populations were hunted to dangerously low levels because they were considered such a decadently delicious delicacy (they were captured in nets, kept in the dark to induce gorge eating, then drowned in brandy before being cooked and served); they're now illegal to served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Televangelist Pat Robertson, net worth $100M, predicted in 1976 that the world would end in November of 1982. After that didn't happen, he tried again a decade laterβ€”in his 1990 book The New Millennium, he said the world would be destroyed on April 29, 2007. The world did not end on that date. usnews.com/news/articles/…
Today I learned of the time a North Korean espionage submarine was literally caught in a South Korean fishing net. As the South Korean navy was towing it to port, the sub sank. When salvaged, of the 9 member crew, 5 were found executed and 4 had committed suicide. nationalinterest.org/blog…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
A single American organization called ICANN currently controls the entire internet domain system at the root. ICANN controls every single top-level domain like .com, .org, .net, .io, and they charge an $185,000 β€œevaluation fee” for new top-level domain applications. wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN
The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, the abandoned prison where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed, was purchased for $1 and converted into a tourist attraction that nets $16 million annually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Doc McStuffins 1st VA sued Disney. According to the suit, the company only paid Kiara Muhammad $5000 for the 1st season, refused her the option to do multi day contracts, and failed to pay her the 2.5% net merchandising revenue. hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
The first Roman emperor, Augustus, had a net worth of about $4.6 trillion. In comparison, Jeff Bezos would need to multiply his net worth ($180 billion) by 25 to come close to it. marketwatch.com/story/ric…
Warren Buffet bet $2,222,278 that, over a ten-year period, the S&P 500 will outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds when performance is measured on a basis net of fees, costs and expenses. He won. longbets.org/362/
The words "ton" and "tonne" refer to different units of weight. A British ton, or "gross ton" is 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. A US ton, or "net ton" is equal to 2,000 pounds or 907.1847 kg. A tonne, or "metric ton" is equal to 1,000 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
In 2016 skydiver Luke Aikins jumped out of a plane at 25000 feet with no parachute or other device to halt his fall and landed safely in a 100 by 100 foot net. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Some of the most successful films of all time, such as the Harry Potter series, were actually financial losses on paper. This is called creative accounting and it's a way for Hollywood studios to avoid paying actors, producers and directors based on net profits. popmatters.com/192246-hol…
The reason allied forces had nets on their helmets during WW2 was to reduce the helmets β€˜shine’ and it would also allow soldiers to place bits of foliage to increase their camouflage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
The Luke Aikins jumped out of an airplane with no parachute and landed in a net. youtu.be/aPC_h9Vmlxw
Alexander Montagu, The 10th Duke of Manchester, managed to reduce his family fortune from millions of pounds to Β£70k through his failed Kenyan business ventures. His son Angus continued that path to ruin by dropping his own net worth to a negative level by the time of his 2002 death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Michael Jackson's chimpanzee Bubbles has a net worth of $2 million and Maru the cat has a yearly income of $180k. cheatsheet.com/money-care…
3 Canadian men working on a boat at Digby's waterfront freed a 15 ft minke whale tangled in a net which surrounded its mouth & embedded about an inch into its skin. The whale came to shore in waist-high water as if searching for help from humans; when free, the whale swam back to deeper waters. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
The Mormon Church maintains a $100 billion investment fund meant for religious, education, and charitable purposes, exceeding the combined net worths of the world's largest university endowment (Harvard University) and the world's largest philanthropic foundation (Gates Foundation) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
In 2015 Forbes named Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America based on a $9 billion valuation of her company. Yet within a year, following revelations of potential fraud about its claims, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Saudi Arabia’s royal family’s net worth of $1.4 trillion, makes the family roughly 16 times as wealthy the British royal family, which has a net worth of $88 billion. cnbc.com/2018/08/18/this-…
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…
There is a secure seed bank on a remote arctic island of Norway. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of different plant species in case of a global catasthrophe. It has a capacity of 4.5 million seed samples! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
The country with the highest number of millionaires immigrating is Australia - in 2018, Australia had a net inflow of 12000 millionaires (the USA had a net inflow of 10000, Canada had 4000, and Switzerland had 3000) visualcapitalist.com/glob…
Legos last up to 1300 years, clogging up the earth’s oceans. Along with garbage such as plastic bottles and bags, ocean surfaces contain more of these plastic particles than larval fish. In commercial fishing seas, fishing nets collect over 10,000 pieces of plastic in an average 5 minute tow. sciencedirect.com/science…
Bill Gates, since 2007, has given away 48% of his net worth (roughly $28 billion dollars), which has helped save 6 million lives. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Stan Lee, had a contract awarding him 10% of the net profits of anything based on his characters. The film Spider-Man (2002) made more than $800 million, but the producers claim that it did not make any profit as defined in Lee's contract en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Sony Ericsson went from having a net income of over 1.1 billion euros in 2007 to losing about 0.8 billion euros in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Televangelist Shepherd Bushiri (net worth $150 million) is the richest man in the Malawi, one of poorest country in the world. en.protothema.gr/meet-the…
Although Hong Kong has a lower total population density compared to Singapore (6,780 vs 7,792 per square kilometre), its net population density (i.e. the density of developed land) is twice as high (22,000 vs 11,000) eresources.nlb.gov.sg/new…
60% of Bill Gates' net worth is in equity. That leaves him with $44 billion in liquid assets. newsweek.com/bill-gates-n…
ComΒ­posΒ­ing and arΒ­ranΒ­ging muΒ­sic is partly geΒ­netΒ­ically deΒ­termΒ­ined. Up to 30 percent of a musician's ability to compose and arrange music can be explained by genes in the cerebellar LTD pathway. helsinki.fi/en/news/educa…
Manoj Bhargava the creator of 5 Hour energy created the formula in 30 days, has a net worth of 4 billion and plans donate 99 percent of his wealth by creating a series of inventions to help 3rd world countries receive basic functions like water, electricity, and health. youtu.be/CyBHaF_RSjI?t=3m…
The owner of nissan.com and nissan.net was in a 20 year legal battle against Nissan Motor for control over the domain names. After many years of lawsuits and appeals, Nissan never got control over neither domain nissan.com/Lawsuit/The_St…
Body fat has the exact same net calorific value (energy by volume) as gasoline, 9700 calories per liter. batteryuniversity.com/lea…
The average (mean) net worth of a US household is $692,100, which is 7x greater than the median net worth of $97,300 marketwatch.com/story/wha…
Fishing nets account for 46 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. news.nationalgeographic.c…
North Korea plays basketball with different rules. Slam Dunks are 3 pts, Three-point β€œnothing but net” shots are worth 4 pts, and teams lose points when they miss free throws. heraldsun.com.au/news/new…
The richest preacher in the world is David Oyedepo of Nigeria, with a net worth of $150 Million. The 63-year old pastor owns 2 private jets, a $10 million house, and controls churches in 45 African nations. informationng.com/2018/01…
Vanna White, the letter presser lady on Wheel of Fortune makes 8 million a year. Her net worth is 140 million. heightline.com/vanna-whit…
: Tazer Ball is a combination of soccer and rugby in which players could shock each other with stun guns. The game puts two teams of four players on a field. Players have to get a large ball into a net while avoiding their opponents, all of whom are armed with tazers. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
In 2015, Forbes named entrepreneur/CEO Elizabeth Holmes the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Then in 2016, allegations of fraud collapsed her company's valuation, rendering her stock worthless and reducing her net worth to zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Scouser John A. Brodie, who invented the goal net for use in football matches, also engineered the world's longest underwater road tunnel (Mersey Tunnel, a record held for 24 years), and also chose the site where New Delhi stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…

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