In 1992, Barqs rootbeer ran a promotion giving away USSR memorabilia with proof of purchase as a Communism is going out of business sale, resulting in a 30% increase in sales. chiefmarketer.com/from-ru…
Kevin Smith’s Dogma is unavailable to stream or purchase digitally and is out of print on home media. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogma_…
A former Google employee bought the Google domain for $12 from Google's very own domain registrar. He owned the domain for one minute before the purchase was rescinded, and he was later offered $6006.13 due to the incident. money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/…
With every purchase of a bottle of Laphroaig whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) plot of land on the Scottish island of Islay; it is a part of Laphroaig’s loyalty program β€œFriends of Laphroaig" laphroaig.com/en/
In 2010 Fox & Friends reported the LAPD intended to purchase 10,000 jetpacks at a cost of 1 billion dollars, their source was the Weekly World News a satirical newspaper latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
A woman in Florida surgically implanted a Disney World MagicBand into her arm. MagicBands are used at the parks to keep track of tickets, purchases, and room keys. Disney now puts a "not intended for subdermal use" warning on all their MagicBands. touringplans.com/blog/202…
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…
There's a mall in Sweden called ReTuna, where everything for sale is recycled, reused, or sustainably produced. Shop owners, including Ikea, refurbish and resell old products for shoppers to purchase. huffpost.com/entry/recycl…
In 2006, Dustin Diamond asked listeners of Howard Stern's show to purchase a T-shirt reading "I paid $15.00 to save Screeech's house" (spelling "Screech" with an extra E for copyright reasons), hoping to sell 30,000 shirts in order to raise $250,000 and avoid foreclosure on his house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. "Tesla Stores" exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. thenewswheel.com/tesla-st…
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The Channel 4 TV network in the UK does not produce any programming (including news) inhouse and instead purchases/commissions programming from independent production companies. channel4.com/corporate/ab…
In the mid-18th century, Americans were so used to yellow milk, tinted with lead chromate to disguise the bluishness of watered-down dairy, that people refused to purchase white milk, thinking it had been coloured discovermagazine.com/mind…
In modern music sales, the "Album-Equivalent Unit" is used to define the consumption of music that equals the purchase of 1 album copy. In the United States, 1,250 premium audio streams, 3,750 ad-supported streams, or 3,750 video streams are equal to 1 album unit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Hear 'n Aid was a charity record by 40 heavy metal musicians. Aware that the funds raised from similar events such as Band Aid were squandered due to corruption and disorganization which led to "food rotting on docks", Hear 'n Aid instead used funds to purchase and ship agricultural machinery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
The Hunts built a large, leveraged position in silver in the 1970s, causing a price spike & jeopardize the trading exchanges. Exchanges & US gov't changed rules to limit purchases & discourage lending to speculators. On Silver Thursday, the price collapsed 77% & the Hunts went bankrupt. businessinsider.com/hunt-…
There is a Top-Level Domain for the Soviet Union, (.su), and you can still purchase a domain ending in .su en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
A Utah Highway Patrol officer pulled over what he believed to be an impaired driver. It was a 5 year old who had stolen his parents car and made it on to the freeway after an argument with Mom because she wouldn't buy him a Lamborghini. He was on his way to California with $3 to purchase one. jalopnik.com/utah-highway…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
Ferrari F1 drivers are the only employees allowed to purchase a new Ferrari motorauthority.com/news/1…
Cardi B gave a person $800 dollars in a basement to enlarge her buttocks with illegal injections. Some time later the basement injections person killed someone else trying to purchase large buttocks. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Lotus cars were initially sold as car kits which the buyer has to assemble themselves. This was done to sace up on purchase tax. It wasn't until late 1960's that they set up a factory and actually started manufacturing the whole car and selling them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot…
A man was cooked alive in a 270Β° pressure cooker oven along with 12,000 pounds of tuna. In CA’s largest workplace safety violation settlement ever ($6M), Bumble Bee Tuna agreed to pay $1.5M to the deceased’s family, $1.5M to state government and courts, and $3M to purchase new automated ovens. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned of the National Defence Corps Incident. When a South Korean force of 406,000 suffered 300,000 casualties from starvation, disease and mass desertion due to High ranking officers embezzling funds earmarked for the purchase of food supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Before 1990, multiple states in the US had no minimum age requirement to purchase tobacco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
The Gadsden Purchase, which added territory to the United States from Mexico, was reduced by 9,000 square miles after it fell 3 votes short of ratification in the Senate, due to Northern concerns over the expansion of Southern territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gad…
, in 1999 a local cemetery was too crowded, and some politicians were blocking the purchase of land to build a new one, while demanding a solution,the mayor got fed up, and passed a law banning death in the city deseret.com/1999/10/3/194…
In Norway, when book is published, Arts Council Norway purchases 1,000 copies for distribution to libraries – 1,500 copies if it’s a children’s book. norway.no/en/india/norway…
From 1982 to 2012, France had the Minitel, a telephone lines-based network. The Post Office distributed terminals, and various services such as deliveries, news and games, with users having to pay charves in the telephone bill depending from spent time and eventual purchases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 2006, because of curiosity. Anne Bras from Netherlands started collecting retro computer games with his first purchase of Day of the Tentacle for 2.50 EUR. Now, he is holding Guinness World Record for largest collection of Big Box PC games (over 2000 in total) genesistemple.com/a-long-…
Steve Wozniak has a binder of $2 bills and pulls them out as suspiciously as possible when making small purchases. One time the Secret Service was called and Steve gave them an ID saying he was a member of the β€œDepartment of Defiance” youtu.be/LJ1TIYxm1vM
Fantasy football team owners can purchase insurance that would cover league entry fees and research costs to a maximum of $1,000 in the event a key player has a season ending injury. riskandinsurance.com/real…
Waffle House was founded when a restaurant manager and a real-estate agent met during the purchase of a house. They became friends and went into business together. Waffle House claims to be the world's largest seller of waffles, ham, pork chops, grits, and T-bone steaks, and 2% of all US eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waf…
The USA paid more for the construction of Central Park (1876, $7.4 million), than it did for the purchase of the entire state of Alaska (1867, $7.2 million). smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Today I learned about Burusura, a sexualized attraction to the underwear or school uniforms of girls. Burusura shops sell these uniforms and socks, swimsuits, sanitary napkins and tampons. Only in 2004 Japan put restrictions to the purchases and sales of used underwear and saliva of people under 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned about the the Uppe Satyagraha, or the Salt March, a movement led by Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi to oppose Britain's Salt Acts that made India, a land abundant with salt, purchase more expensive salt from Britain. Gandhi and some nationalists led Indians to the numerous salt flats to produce salt. scholarblogs.emory.edu/po…
Drunk Americans spend $30.4 billion on spontaneous online purchases. cnbc.com/2018/07/27/how-m…
In 1998 grade school children in Aurora, Colorado, collect $35,000 to purchase and free slave children in Sudan. nytimes.com/1998/12/02/us…
If you had sea monkeys in the 90’s, that purchase helped fund the Aryan Nation purchase themselves telescoping batons! latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Actors Ving Rhames and Stanley Tucci were friends & roommates at SUNY Purchase. Tucci suggested Rhames change his name from "Irving" to his nickname "Ving". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
, in the Philippines, for the bargain price of roughly Β£350, you can purchase "death kits" which is made up of documents that proves your death. The process involves obtaining a fake death certificate and buying an unclaimed corpse from one of the many morgues in the Philippines. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Today I learned about how you may not actually own the digital content you purchase. Which is bringing to light the issue of digital content being willed to heirs of its deceased owners. aarp.org/home-family/pers…
The Drew Carey Show Has Only Ever Had Its First Season Released on DVD or Digitally. It Is Unlikely That The Other Eight Seasons Will Ever Be Available to Purchase or Stream Due to Copyright Issues With the Music Used in the Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Italy fined Apple and Samsung €10m and €3m respectively for releasing software updates which deliberately slowed down their phones, thus encouraging new purchases theguardian.com/technolog…
In Canada, there is no federally defined age for legal alcohol purchase or consumption. Each province and territory is free to set its own drinking age, which is either 18 or 19. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
When Australian javelin thrower Reg Spiers could not afford (financially) to purchase a flight back to Australia from London, he "mailed/posted" himself back to Australia in a wooden box...a journey that took 63 hours and passed through India and Singapore. This happened in 1964. nationalgeographic.com.au…
This picture of an ancient tablet is actually a 5,000 year old beer receipt. 'Alulu beer receipt' records a purchase of "best" beer from a brewer, c. 2050 BC from the Sumerian city of Umma in ancient Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…

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