If someone is more than $2,500 behind in child support payments, they are unable to get a US Passport travel.state.gov/content/…
Independent filmmakers fled New Jersey around 1915 to California, both for the advantageous climate and to get away from Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company, who's heavy handed demands included the use of Mob thugs to demand payments on cameras, projectors and the films themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A man tried to mummify his amputated leg inside a BBQ grill placed inside of a storage unit. However, after falling behind on payments, the grill was sold to a local entrepreneur who saw the leg as a way for fame, fortune, and a roadside attraction. A feud over ownership was settled on court TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
In Canada coins are only considered legal tender up to a certain amount. For instance, if you attempt to pay for a $50 purchase with a wheelbarrow full of nickels, the local authority can refuse to accept the payment. canadiancoinnews.com/lega…
Yanis Varoufakis, famous economist and ex-Finance Minister for Greece, was hired by Valve in 2012 as it's economist-in-residence to 'transcend the boundary between real and digital economies' and consult on issues regarding balance of payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
Mobile payment is so popular and convenient, China’s authorities needed to punish merchants who refuse to accept cash payment scmp.com/business/compani…
The practice of worker's compensation has its origins in 18th century piracy. A system of compensation was established as a result of the occupation's high risk of injury and included payments for different types of injuries as well as giving crewmates less strenuous duties when injured. accidentfund.com/about/wh…
A fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000. revolt.tv/platform/amp/ne…
Until 1995, rugby union was strictly amateur, with players forbidden from receiving any form of payment. When one Scottish player rejoined the national team after the end of WWII, and applied to be issued with a new shirt, he was reminded that he had been supplied with a shirt prior to the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
James Monaghan who with brother Tom started the Domino's pizza chain with $75 down payment and $500 loan, ended up selling his stake in the company in 1960 to this brother for a Volkswagen Beetle. pizzahalloffame.com/domin…
Lehman Brothers began its operations as a dry goods store. It entered the commodities market when the store started accepting cotton as payment and then reselling it, ultimately focusing its operations on the cotton trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leh…
Legal brothels in the US are often referred to as "ranches", a term dating back to the original Chicken Ranch, which accepted chickens as payment during the Great Depression. Over time, the ranch became overrun with chickens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Getty Images, a company infamous for sending threatening letters requesting payment when their photos are used without permission, was sued for more than $1 billion in damages when they mistakenly demanded a β€œsettlement payment” from a photographer for her own work. latimes.com/business/hilt…
There is no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise. federalreserve.gov/faqs/c…
Military Payment Certificates were a form of currency used to pay U.S. military personnel in certain foreign countries from 1946 until 1973. The styles were frequently changed to prevent hoarding and to deter black marketers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There is a couchsurfing/homestay directory exclusive to people who speak Esperanto, the constructed language. No payment is required, but the guest is encouraged to speak Esperanto with the host for the duration of their stay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Steven Spielberg receives $30–50 million a year from all park ticket revenue/portion of park concession for his role as a creative consultant for Universal theme park rides. He can also trigger an exit deal clause and collect a lump sum payment of $535 million, some predicting to be $1 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
The original creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost sold the rights to Paramount for a one time payment of $175 in 1939, missing out on millions in future revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In the film The Other Side of the Wind, Orson Welles couldn't afford to pay cinematographer Gary Gravers. Welles eventually gave his Academy Award (Best Screenplay from Citizen Kane) as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In Pakistan when Uber joined the market, Car Dealership owners signed up their free cars to take advantage of payments given for loss of business. en.dailypakistan.com.pk/1…
American Express cards aren't accepted everywhere because Amex is a 'charge card', requiring customers to pay off balances monthly. Since they make little-to-no profit off interest payments & have competitive reward offerings, they raise their per-transaction interchange fees to compensate. experian.com/blogs/ask-ex…
Today I learned about Jim Delligatti, McDonald’s franchisee, who created the Big Mac in 1967 and died in 2016 at age 98. He received no royalty payments for his creation, instead receiving only a plaque. news.yahoo.com/big-mac-in…
The J. Dilla produced track "Raise It Up" sampled the song "Extra Dry" by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk without permission. Instead of demanding payment for the sample, Daft Punk asked the group to remix one of their own tracks instead, resulting in Slum Village's remix of Aerodynamic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Louis Nathaniel de Rothschild was arrested by the Nazis in 1938, he was released only after lengthy negotiations between the family and the Nazis and upon payment of $21,000,000($387,575,106.38), believed to have been the largest ransom payment in history for any individual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
... 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…
Guinness World Records accepts payments (ranging from $12,000 to $500,000) from individuals, organizations and governments to either find a record that they could break or to create an entirely new record category en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory currently earns just $8-9 every three months from royalty payments. nny360.com/news/wonka-fil…
The practice of placing coins not the eyes of the deceased is referred to as β€œCharon's obol”. The purpose of which was to provide adequate payment for the β€œFerryman”, who conveyed souls across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Since "Ghostbusters" was legally restricted by the 1970s children's show β€œThe Ghost Busters”, Columbia paid $500,000 plus 1% of the film's profits for its use. Given Hollywood's accounting practices, however, the film technically never made a profit for Universal to be owed a payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
In addition to its work with NASA, such as the Crew Module for the Orion spacecraft, and its work for the military, such as the F-35 fighter jet, Lockheed-Martin processes child support payments under contract for a variety of state and local governments washingtontechnology.com/…
Jason Weaver, who supplied young Simba’s singing voice in the Lion King (1994), turned down a $2 million upfront payment and instead negotiated with Disney for $100k + royalties (thanks to his mom). Royalties have netted him well over $2 million since. youtu.be/cadGzQvnBHg
Abercrombie & Fitch offered the cast of Jersey Shore "substantial payment" to stop wearing their brand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
There is a robust black market for Tide laundry soap, with drug dealers accepting it as payment and shoplifting rings finding it more lucrative and less legally risky than other illegal schemes. nymag.com/news/features/t…
β€” $99,999,999.99 is the largest check the Internal Revenue Service will accept. Multiple checks must be written for tax payments of $100 million or more. irs.gov/payments/pay-by-c…
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults. historycollection.co/grou…
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…
90% of the profits of the O.J. Simpson book 'If I did it" went to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father. Goldman had sued Simpson in a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $33.5 million, which had gone unpaid. In 2007, a judge awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Dolly Parton gave each family who lost its primary residence in the 2016 TN fires $1,000 a month for five months. When she arrived to help dole out the final payments, she brought the nearly 900 families an unexpected bonus – another $5,000 each for a total of $10,000. usatoday.com/story/life/p…
Part of George McGovern's initial 1972 platform in his run for president was a payment of $1000 a year to every American citizen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Anybody can walk into a Sikh temple after prayers and partake of the free communal meal called langar. The meal, a symbol of equality and community is given to anybody who wishes to partake, without any expectation of payment. pluralism.org/religions/s…
NBA player Allen Iverson signed a lifetime endorsement contract with Reebok in 2001 that would pay him $800,000 a year until he reaches age 55 to where he would then receive a final lump sum payment of $32,000,000. basketballforever.com/201…
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Char…
In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space. Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a cash payment, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his shares were valued at $200 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Hitler believed women should follow the 3 "K's" of Kinder, Kuche, and Kirche (Children, Kitchen, Church). Payment was given for each child conceived and volunteers were allowed to sleep with SS officers. Thin women were discouraged as they may have trouble with childbirth. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides…
Washington state has the highest unemployment benefit with a weekly maximum payment of $749, while Mississippi has the lowest weekly payment of $235. fileunemployment.org/unem…
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…
After Lunar Module saved astronauts on Apollo 13 mission, it's company sent a bill for $312,421.24 for towing services (as a joke) to company who made malfunctioned service module, and they in response declined payment stating last 3 times they carried Lunar Module for free. gizmodo.com/the-only-fun-…
Da Vinci was given a vineyard as payment for making The Last Supper, which was bombed in WW2, and the DNA of those vines is being used to recreate the wines he had telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…

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