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…
Family Video is still in business because the owners where smart enough to invest in PURCHASING property (which can be leased out even after DVD's are dead), instead of simply RENTING space like Blockbuster did. newsweek.com/blockbuster-…
In 2009 Norway sold a submarine base in the Arctic used by NATO to contain Russia. The company that bought it is suspected of renting it to the Russian military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ola…
It's completely normal when moving into an apartment you are renting in Germany you have to supply your own kitchen. goseewrite.com/2019/05/th…
Japan offers a service for renting family members and create a fake family. A person would pay $200 to have a family member for 1 day. youtube.com/watch?v=OURBp…
The Henry Ford Company eventually became Cadillac where a man named Jack Taylor worked. He made renting a vehicle easy and eventually founded Enterprise Ren-A-Car. A business named after the Aircraft Carrier he was stationed on. entwinedpodcast.com/episo…
For Queen's "Bicycle Race" music video, the band rented several bikes which naked models raced at Wimbledon Stadium. When the renting company found out how the bikes were used, it forced the band to purchase all the seats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
Approximately 5% of Tuvalu's GDP each year comes from renting their domain suffix ".tv" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
Dick Tuck, a political consultant and prankster, pulled many pranks on Richard Nixon. One included renting a huge auditorium for Nixon to speak but inviting only a few guests. He also hired a pregnant black woman to walk around in a white neighborhood with a sign reading: β€œNixon’s the one!” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Harry Nilsson was worried about renting Flat 12 to the Who's drummer, Keith Moon, believing it was cursed because singer Cass Elliot had died there at age 32. Moon took the flat saying "lightning wouldn't strike twice." He died in the flat age 32, having taken an overdose of 32 pills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Japanese landlords can refuse renting to foreigners, similar to Japanese only restaurants. japantimes.co.jp/communit…
In Japan, houses whose former tenants died from unnatural causes are called "jiko bukken" (stigmatized property). Such events may lead to a massive devaluation and failing to disclose them can void the renting contract, as it is mandatory under Japanese law. japanpropertycentral.com/…
Audiobooks were originally called "talking books", and were recorded for blind and physically disabled people. The Library of Congress started keeping a collection of talking books in the 1930s, renting recordings and playback equipment to regional libraries starting in 1935. loc.gov/nls/about/organiz…
Today I learned of pew rent, the practice of churches renting out pews to individuals or families. It was more common in the US than in Europe, because it was an important source of income for American churches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pew…
The Empire State Building makes more money from tickets sales for its observation decks than it does from renting office space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
That, despite renting an apartment block in Italy since Napoleon kicked them out of Malta in 1798, the Knights of Malta maintain their status as an independent nation. Over 100 countries recognize their independence, several times more than those which currently recognize Taiwan's. youtu.be/QpwihysF3Aw?t=64…
Today I learned of Ari Teman, who thought he was renting out his apartment via Airbnb to some wedding guests, but instead, when he returned to get a bag he had forgotten, learned the renters were in the middle of throwing a pay-to-enter BBW orgy in his apartment huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
In 2016 Turo (an Airbnb-for-cars) began renting out the car of Erlich Bachman from Silicon Valley. Starting at $49 per day; you could rent an Aviato-branded 2006 Ford Escape techcrunch.com/2016/08/31…
In an attempt to diversify in the 80s, UHaul started renting VHS movies in Detroit under the name "Haullywood Video." mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Women in China are renting fake boyfriends to please nagging parents ibtimes.com/rent-boyfrien…
Nintendo's Mario got his name from the landlord who was renting them a warehouse outside of Seattle, Washington as their US based headquarters. In 1980, Mario Segale barged in on a Nintendo of America meeting demanding unpaid rent, forever immortalizing himself as the "Mario." technologizer.com/2010/04…
A woman found out the house she was renting was once a torture and murder chamber used by a serial killer from watching a documentary. abcnews.go.com/US/woman-f…
The US Department of Justice sued Clippers owner Donald Sterling for discriminatory renting practices to blacks and Hispanics. Sterling stated that "Black tenants smell and attract vermin. Sterling eventually agreed to pay fines and settle out of court en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
How to get more interest when renting a room on Craigslist

Recently it came time to rent out a room in my house after my last roommate moved out.

I posted an ad on Craigslist after researching prices in my area, and listed everything that was included, nicely formatted, easy to read, and included 4 pictures of the room and house. The ad was simple and very descriptive, including such things as "Verizon FIOS internet and HD TV in your room" and "parking available" and how large the room was, there is a deck, shared bathroom, shared kitchen, pool table, and all that kind of stuff. In short, it had all the answers, but was a somewhat long ad (but not more than a page).

After a week or so I had only one person email me about the room, but they did not follow up.

I then posted another ad, at the same price, but didn't really say anything about the room. I said it was a nice room in a nice house with nice people, utilities were included, and there was parking. I did not include pictures. I did not go into detail about the room or the house other than to say it was nice. It was maybe a few sentences long.

Well, I posted that and am getting about 3-5 emails per day, every day! Several people came to look at the room, and we finally picked someone yesterday.

I don't know why people would rather NOT have information and be more interested in the room. I guess the ad being short worked better because people have a short attention span?

You tell me.

People of the city of Southlake, TX oppose apartments being built in their city because renting an apartment doesn't make one a "responsible citizen" weblink.cityofsouthlake.c…
When you call 311's vehicle abatement program to let them know about vehicles which have been abandoned on your property you are renting; you get voicemail saying to leave your name and number--- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR NAME OR NUMBER.

Just wait till you get a live person on the other end of the phone. I called them earlier this week and left a message telling them about our problem in our apartment complex. It said to leave a name and call back number. So I did.

I later again called them that day and was able to actually speak with someone. I told them to "not say who called it in" because of fear of retaliation of some form from the landlord.

Low and behold, the officer shows up a day later and, says who called it in, (me) and makes the citations on the abandoned vehicles. Today, I get a note saying to call the landlord because he knew it was me who called in the derelict vehicles.

FACEPALM TO THE N'TH DEGREE

So I almost have a huge anxiety attack, and then proceed to call him. He gives me grief about the cars and how it's going to cost him money, (even though I pointed out they can tow the vehicles for free.) And that he was going to eventually fix them. (They've been sitting there for FIVE years, one of them burned to the ground and was being chopped shopped.)

I think he made some sort of reference to us "talking in the future." Not sure if that was a veiled threat or not... And now my day is ruined because I tried to do the right thing.

What the fuck ever happened to the concept of anonymity? I left my name and number the first time because that's what it said to do on the voicemail. I didn't give out my name or anything when I spoke the the live person.

I called the vehicle abatement place a while ago and asked to speak to the officer. I got to leave him a voice message. Thanks guy! I am going to enjoy whatever small things my landlord figures out to harass me with all thanks to you spewing forth my name when you got here.

Jared Fogle (the Subway guy) ran a business out of his dorm room in college, renting porn videos to fellow students minyanville.com/special-f…
An 82 yr old woman has been charged for 40+ years for a couple rotary phones that she started renting in the 60's at almost $22 every 3 months from the phone company (originally Ma Bell now AT&T) that she doesnt even have anymore. techdirt.com/articles/200…
There is a company called Asylum that makes rip off movies of big name blockbusters in the hope of people getting the names mixed up and accidentally renting theirs imdb.com/company/co004290…
One of the earliest entrepreneurs in the car rental business was Joe Saunders. He started with 1 borrowed Model T Ford in 1916, and by 1917, his Ford Livery Company was renting out 18 Model Ts at 10 cents per mile. By 1926, Saunders expanded to 56 cities, and was bought out by Avis in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 2011, 13% of the US GDP was spent on real estate, renting and leasing, the largest single category. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
California has more rigidity and friction in both its housing market and in renting than other states; one study ...attributed this change to Proposition 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
, as of 2006, 750,000 people were still RENTING rotary phones from Lucent (AT&T) because they never canceled the contracts. blogs.computerworld.com/n…
The most common reason for people renting metal detectors is to locate a lost wedding ring! kellycodetectors.com/libr…
Bill Gates is renting a house from Decemeber 2012 - May 2013, for 600k a month. celebritynetworth.com/art…
Having a waterbed can increase your safety deposit when renting and may require a separate insurance policy. dca.ca.gov/publications/l…
The Y2K bug caused a customer at a New York State video rental store to have a bill of $91,250, the cost of renting the movie 'The General's Daughter' for 100 years news.cnet.com/Lotus-takes…
Before filming the marriage scenes in the movie Blue Valentine, actor and actress Gosling and Williams prepared by renting a home together, brought their clothes and belongings and also bought groceries with a budget based on their characters' incomes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
NBA forward Carlos Boozer sued the musician Prince for renting his L.A. mansion and then "painting the exterior of the premises with purple striping" and "installing purple monogrammed carpet" in the master bedroom. thesmokinggun.com/file/ex…
It's possible to purchase and use solar energy without actually owning or renting solar panels, thanks to these things called Solar Renewable Energy Certificates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Hertz is now renting Exotic cars. m.autoblog.com/2013/07/07…
The Empire State Building makes more money off observation deck ticket sales then renting office space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Johnny Carson once while armed broke into an apartment that his wife was renting on the sly, found proof of her having an affair, and subsequently broke down and cried. nytimes.com/2013/10/16/bo…
AirBnB got its name from the founders renting out an air mattress in an extra room of their San Francisco apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Renting tenants in Japan must give a mandatory "gift" of up to 6-months rent to their landlords as "gratitude money" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
In South Africa, beggars are renting babies from corrupt day care centers, hoping to prey on the unsuspecting sympathies of passersby us1.campaign-archive.com/…

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