Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless. timeoutdubai.com/kids/fea…
Hormel offered a reward for information leading to the rescue of kidnap victim Jayme Closs. They paid out $25,000 to Jayme upon her escape, for "rescuing herself". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
There is a psychological state called β€œhelper’s high” whereby giving produces endorphins in the brain that provide a mild version of a morphine high. Research has shown that helping others lights up the same part of the brain as receiving rewards or experiencing pleasure. greatergood.berkeley.edu/…
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…
Carl Switzer, who played Alfalfa in The Little Rascals, died from being shot in the groin by the man he was training a hunting dog for. The dog had gone missing and Switzer paid a $35 reward and $15 in drinks to the person who found the dog. Switzer felt the eventual owner owed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the Christmas pickle. A supposedly German tradition, where you hide a pickle in the Christmas tree and whoever finds it first gets a reward. Apparently this is a well known tradition in the US, but not of German origin and in fact completely unknown in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A Dutch start-up company have been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for peanut as a reward. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of an Afghan commander who surrendered himself after demanding the reward of $100 for his arrest, as advertised on Wanted posters. Nato officials and Afghan troops were baffled as to why he gave himself up. businessinsider.com/youre…
A German study found that wine tasted better if the drinker thinks it's more expensive. Subjects inside an MRI scanner tasted a $14 red wine 3x but were told each sip was from bottles costing $3, $7, & $21. The brain's motivation & reward center was more active for the "more expensive" wine. nypost.com/2017/08/15/you…
When you get chills listening to music it stimulates reward pathways in the brain. Sad music often triggers chills more often than happy music, yet evokes positive emotions. Sad songs may activate a fear response in the brain, but when no real threat is present, the response turns positive. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Chess prodigy Bobby Fischer invented a chess variation which randomized the starting positions of the home row pieces to reward creativity over memorization. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fische…
In 2003, a woman found a stolen painting worth $1 million in the trash on a NYC curb. She felt it "had power" and took it without knowing its origin or value. She spent 4 years researching it and discovered it’d been stolen in 1987. She got a $15,000 reward plus a % of its $1,049,000 sale price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
For a brief period of time, Target mistakenly priced digital versions of Yoshi's Crafted World at $1. Because it was digital download, they could not recall or cancel orders. Purchasers wound up with more in reward point value than they actually spent vice.com/en_us/article/93…
Scientists trained 17 rats to drive tiny cars; each rat stood on the aluminum floor of the car & gripped copper bars with their paws to complete a circuit to propel the car. By touching left/center/right on the bar, rats could steer to pick up rewards of Froot Loops morsels in the arena. cnet.com/news/rats-drive-…
Lupines can signal to a bee that the pollen rewards are gone or almost gone. After pollination occurs, the petals change color as a way of saying β€œno more here, try the next flower…” This re-directs the bee to a flower that needs pollination. nrcm.org/blog/first-light…
Due to a 1700% increase in bank robberies during the Great Depression, the Texas Bankers Association created the Dead Bank Robbers Reward Program, paying $5000 to anyone who killed a robber during the crime, no questions asked. texascooppower.com/texas-…
Milada HorΓ‘kovΓ‘ was a Czech politician who helped people flee the Nazi and Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia. She was executed for treason in 1950 just to have her verdict reversed 18 years later and receive multiple rewards for her heroic work globaloutlooknews.org/pos…
It's "just deserts" not "just desserts". Besides meaning a sandy desert land, the noun form of 'desert' also means "a deserved reward or punishment". theguardian.pe.ca/lifesty…
In WW2, destroyer crews loved to rescue downed pilots, because the reward for returning them to their carrier was 10 gallons (38 liters) of ice cream. oldnfo.org/2012/10/04/10-…
There was a "Penthouse Club" located at the original Walt Disney Studios that was for the studio's top talent as a reward for their hard work and loyalty. On one of the walls hung a mural featuring many topless women that was drawn in house. disneyhistoryinstitute.co…
Sir Francis Drake was considered a hero in England with Queen Elizabeth I awarding him knighthood in 1581. However, the Spanish considered him a pirate. King Philip II once offered a reward of 20,000 ducats ($8 million USD) for his capture or death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
There is a $200k reward for anyone who can prove that the source code MS-DOS was copied from an older OS called CP/M. thenextweb.com/insider/20…
Puzzled for years, a French municipality finally offered a reward for the translation of β€œROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL” and other 18th century markings on a person-sized stone often submerged until low tide. The deadline for submissions passed --no news of a breakthrough. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Ravens can solve puzzles that require a flexible planning ability previously documented only in people and great apes. They learned to pass up a small food reward in favor of a tool they used to get a much better reward and barter with bottle caps, concepts a toddler would struggle to understand cbc.ca/news/canada/north/…
Today I learned about Owain GlyndΕ΅r, the last native Welsh to hold the title Prince of Wales. Owain was the leader of a fierce and long-running war of independence. Despite enormous rewards being offered, he was neither captured nor betrayed, ignored royal pardons and vanished after 1412. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owa…
In 1973 convicted child killer Lester Eubanks was taken out shopping unescorted as a reward for good behavior. He did not return to his scheduled pick-up location and has been on the run ever since. usmarshals.gov/investigat…
In 1651 the Penderel brothers escorted young Prince Charles II from safe house to safe house after his defeat in the Battle of Worcester. Their descendents still receive Β£100 per year as a reward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
A theme park in France employ ravens to clear the park off cigarette butts in return for a reward (bird food). bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Alligators love marshmallows. Tour companies regularly use them to reward gators who come close to the boat. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
A major breakthrough towards the invention of plastics was achieved due to a surge in the popularity of billiard, prompting producers of billiard balls to offer a reward of 10000$ to anyone who could come up with a viable alternative to ivory (which the balls were hitherto made of...) sciencehistory.org/distil…
Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber", was caught after his brother, David, read Ted's manifesto (that Ted had demanded to be published in a major newspaper as a condition for ceasing the mail bombings), recognized Ted's writing style, and informed the FBI. David received a $1 million reward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about the Pirate Jean Lafitte, who after seen the first American governor of Louisiana William C. Claiborne advertising a $500 dollars reward for his capture, Lafitte offered $5,000 for the head of the governor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When a painting was stolen from the Museum of Bad Art, the museum initially offered a reward of $6.50 for its return. This was latter upped to $36.73. Ten years later, the thief contacted the museum and demanded a $5000 ransom for the painting. No ransom was paid, but it was returned anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
William Chaloner was a prolific 17th century criminal. He was a well known currency forger. At various times he made and sold dildos and worked as a quack doctor, soothsayer, and agent provocateur to collect government rewards. He was eventually proven guilty of high treason by Sir Isaac Newton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Scientists can remote-control rats by implanting electrodes in their brains, such that they get a rush of pleasure when they obey sent commands. Scientists can make them turn left or right, even climb objects. They are not forced to obey, they just want to because of the pleasure reward. nbcnews.com/id/3077264/ns…
When a Long Island woman accidentally threw away an envelope with $5000 cash intended for her mortgage, sanitation workers sifted through tons of trash until they found it. They refused to accept a reward. nbcnewyork.com/news/local…
Today I learned about Mohammed Ashan who turned himself in to collect the reward for his own capture bbc.com/news/world-asia-1…
According to a psychological study, being a friend with your manager would come at a cost. To avoid the perception of favoritism, managers are more likely to deny their coworker-friends bonuses and other perks, even if they deserve such rewards. anderson.ucla.edu/faculty…
There are Rock Paper Scissors tournaments regularly held and they often offer hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in rewards theatlantic.com/entertain…
In 2013, an fMRI study on meditative states concluded that it is possible to experience ecstatic euphoria on command without any perceivable side-effects. No evolutionary benefits were apparent, since short-circuiting the brain's reward system is notably detrimental to survival ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 then kept breaking it every year after by as small an amount as possible for the reward money. theguardian.com/sport/the…
The reward of 72 virgins may be a mistranslation. The reward for martyrdom may actually be raisins. theguardian.com/books/200…
A dolphin at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies was given a reward of fish for turning in trash that had fallen in the pool to the trainers, including dead seagulls. She began hiding fish under a rock to use to lure gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 2003, eight years before Osama bin Laden was found and killed by USA, a Michigan Man named Tom Lee claims he tipped the FBI to Osama's location, but didn't get his $25 million reward. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
A theme park in Lithuania recreates life as a USSR citizen. Visitors have their belongings confiscated, wear gas masks, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem. Their reward is a shot of vodka. scribol.com/anthropology-…
In 2012, an Afghan Taliban Commander Mohammed Ashan turned himself in to local authorities, trying to claim the $100 reward prize he had seen on a poster for his arrest. nypost.com/2012/04/19/tal…
The IRS rewards whistleblowers with up to 30 percent of the additional tax, penalty and other amounts it collects. irs.gov/compliance/whistl…
The Zulus traditionally stored their food by fermenting in the form of thick sour milk and sorghum beer. Only children drank fresh milk. Beer was a seasonal delight, the postharvest reward for a good season’s crops ohioswallow.com/extras/97…
The original Alfalfa died by getting shot in the groin in an argument about lost dog reward money en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…

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