Someone in New York state bought an old bowl at a tag sale in 2007 for $3. When the buyer had it appraised several years later, they learned it was a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl initially valued at $200,000 to $300,000. It later sold at auction for $2.2 million. edition.cnn.com/2013/03/2…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Offspring's Album 'Smash' had a small budget of $20,000, which limited studio time, the last four songs recorded for the album were worked through in just two nights. 'Smash' went on to be the best-selling album released by an independent record label with over 11 million sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Jerry Lawson pioneered home video gaming in the 1970's by helping to invent the Fairchild Channel F, the first system with interchangeable cartridges. One of few black engineers in computing at the time, he unfortunately received less recognition than deserved due to the Channel F's poor sales. biography.com/inventor/je…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
In the 1920s, con artist Victor Lustig, posing as a government agent, "sold" the Eiffel Tower to scrap metal dealers. Lustig convinced them that the "sale" must be conducted in secret to prevent public outcry. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Sales of merlot fell after the 2004 movie Sideways came out where Paul Giamatti’s character famously said in one line β€œI am not drinking any f*cking merlot.” beveragedynamics.com/2019…
The only body part ever to be sold on eBay was the hip bone of Irish pop singer and entertainer Joe Dolan. The seller had originally purchased it for €650 in a charity auction in aid of Irish Autism Action. eBay subsequently banned the sale of human body parts, apart from hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Because of the success of Disney’s film Ratatouille, pet rat sales surged in many countries. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
The majority of the alcohol industry's sales come from so-called problem drinkersβ€”people whose drinking is destroying or risking their health. theguardian.com/society/2…
When one of the cars of the Norwegian Nazi collaborators, the very luxurious Mercedes-Benz 770, was put up for sale, no one was willing to buy such a car even at a price as low as KR 50, and it ultimately was scrapped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
A New Jersey man bought a $5 bottle of orange juice from Shoprite; his wife said it was too expensive and sent him back to return it, because it was on sale for $2.50 elsewhere. He then decided to buy 2 lottery tickets with the cash refunded from the OJ; he won $315.3 million. abcnews.go.com/US/lucky-j…
Today I learned about Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper. She got a 17-year patent for it in 1903. She tried to sell the rights in 1905 but was rejected by a firm saying "we do not consider it to be of such commercial value as would warrant our undertaking its sale." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1964 The Beatles were so popular that when "Sie liebt dich", a German language version of "She Loves You" that the Fab Four recorded to increase their German sales, was released in the US, it managed to reach the Billboard Top 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Godfrey Hounsfield's research into CT (computed tomography) was aided financially by the advent of The Beatles' record sales while signed to EMI's Parlophone label. EMI's profits were doubled due to the band's record sales and this enabled them to invest heavily in Hounsfield's research. nobelprize.org/prizes/med…
Conversation with noted economist Adam Smith was unimpressive, as he believed that expressing his thoughts during talks could reduce the sales of his books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
The English have a public office in charge of the quality and fair sale price of beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Some Hungarians refuse to clink beer glasses, as Austrians supposedly did this in 1849 after executing Hungarian rebels. The unofficial ban on clinking beer glasses was 150 years, but many still continueβ€”others maintain the tradition was only popularized by winemakers trying to boost wine sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
While the Wings single "Mull of Kintyre/Girls' School" broke the UK's single sales record and stayed at #1 for 9 weeks, it wasn't a success in the US - "Girls' School" only charted at #33, and "Mull of Kintyre" completely missed the Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
When in the 80s cheaper brands were lowering Intel's market share, the brand didn't know how to convince users to buy Intel-based PCs. But one retailer told them it would be enough to just tell people computers had Intel chips - and their idea, "Intel Inside" campaign, was a big sales success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
March 26, 2020, had the lowest movie theater ticket sales in history, at a total of $24 (as opposed to 2019, with $17,294,351 in sales) boxofficemojo.com/date/20…
When introducing the 2010 Taurus, Ford intentionally avoided fleet sales to limit the car's depreciation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
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…
In 2003, a lawsuit tried to stop the sale of Oreo cookies in California due to the levels of trans fat in the cookie's recepie at the time. sfgate.com/health/article…
After an Iranian government contract for a British company was cancelled and given to Siemens instead, a British embassy investigation revealed that it was because Siemens' Iranian sales agent allowed the Shah to sleep with his wife in exchange for the contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
Japan has been wearing surgical-style masks since 1918 and has become a part of social etiquette. It is also worn as a fashion item and serve as defensive barriers due to social awkwardness. Total sales of disposable face masks amounted to Β₯35.8 billion in 2018. nippon.com/en/features/jg…
In the comic Avengers #19, it is revealed that Tony Stark, aka "Ironman", bought Area 51, when it was quietly put up for sale by the government. screenrant.com/marvel-iro…
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…
One of Edgar Allan Poe’s rivals wrote a scathing obituary about him in order to posthumously destroy him. However, his attempt failed and sales from Poe’s works skyrocketed. softschools.com/facts/aut…
In 1989 a Martini commercial helped the sales of a different brand - Roberts Radio experienced a revival in consumer interest when one of their radios apperared in the ad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 2009, Tropicana invested $35 million to rebrand their Orange Juice packaging. Within two months of the change, sales dropped 20% and they lost significant market share before switching back to their original carton. The failed marketing experiment cost them over $50 million. thebrandingjournal.com/20…
The Japanese band B'z - virtually unknown outside their home country - has more certified album sales than Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses, Prince, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Cher, David Bowie and many others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Most "national" holidays are just marketing ploys by agencies to boost sales. They are not recognized by any government whatsoever. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
In the late 1990's Activsion offered Tony Hawk $500,000 for his name rights in the Tony Hawk video game franchise. Tony Hawk turned down the offer & the video games went on to generate over $1.4 billion in sales worldwide. cnbc.com/2019/06/13/tony-…
The most expensive ZIP code is not in Beverly Hills, but Atherton, California. The median home sale there is over $7 million USD, which is 63% higher than the second most expensive ZIP code (Sagaponack, New York). sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com…
The Beastie Boys have sold 20 million records in the United States, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned of r.a.p.p. (rockers against pay-to-play), a group in los angeles in the late eighties who organized protests against hollywood music venues that required performers to buy a large amount of pre-sale tickets before they would book the aforementioned act latimes.com/archives/la-x…
California's vehicle emission laws are stricter than those of the EPA. Cars made for sale in the US are made with those standards in mind so they can be sold all over. Often, the EPA adopts California's standards a few years after the state institutes them. auto.howstuffworks.com/fu…
Today I learned about "Burusera" or the sexualized attraction to the underwear or uniforms of young women. In Japan burusera shops used to be common and schoolgirls once openly participated in the sale of their used clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Xbox kinect holds the fastest-selling gaming peripheral record, which sold through an average of 133,333 units per day in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Only a week after the deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation's studio, the Japanese government mandated that all gas stations keep sales records of all people who buy gasoline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyo…
In the 90's a strip club manager nicknamed Tarzan orchestrated the sale of a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel miaminewtimes.com/news/op…
While between 2012 and 2019 the US Mazda CX-5 sales more than tripled - from ~43k to over 154k - the Japanese sales actually decreased by about 4,000 units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maz…
Launched un 1955, the Marlboro Man campaign was most astonishing campaigns in the history of demand engineering. Marlboro went from 1 percent of sale to the fourth best selling brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Former Beatle Ringo Starr has been β€œpainting” since the mid-90s in MSPaint. His works have been shown in major galleries and are regularly put up for sale for thousands of dollars. theknow.denverpost.com/20…
Tennessee's "Crack tax" required drug dealers to anonymously pay taxes on their illegal sales and earned the state more than $6 million (mostly in seized property), before benig declared "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable, and therefore invalid under the constitution of [the] state." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In spite of $50 million in sales, the PB Max candy bar was discontinued in the 1990's because members of the Mars family didn't like peanut butter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PB_…
Because American textbooks are sold at a lower price in Thailand, somebody was reselling them in the US and making enough of a profit to get sued by the publishers, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the publishers because the "first sale" doctrine applies everywhere, not just the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, is found only in the mushroom’s cap and stem and not in its spores. Since most drug laws prohibit psilocybin rather than the mushroom itself, this loophole makes the sale and possession of the spores legal in many countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
Famed Grateful Dead sound engineer Better Cantor Jackson lost over 1000 original board tapes when her storage locker was liquidated in a sale. Some of the tapes inside crates were purchased by a teacher who tried to sell them for $1 million despite being offered $100,000 by the band. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Hot Pockets blamed a lack of sales in 2013 to a lack of extended food stamp benefits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
The Mercury Cougar alone accounted for nearly 40% of Ford's Lincoln-Mercury division sales in 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The largest distributor of toys is not some toy company or store but rather McDonald's. 20% of all sales (Happy Meals) include a toy. It's 1.5 billion toys each year worldwide. huffpost.com/entry/mcdona…
There are still dry counties in the USA where the sale of any kind of alcohol is prohibited. Some of these, like Moore Country, Tennessee, date back to the passage of state prohibition laws in the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Today I learned about the ADE651 bomb detector device. Sold to over 20 countries including Β£52 million in sales to the Iraqi government. The device was a glorified dowsing rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales atlasobscura.com/articles…
When the Nick Drake song "Pink Moon" was used in a Volkswagen commercial in 1999, the US sales of his albums went from about 6,000 in 1999 to 74,000 in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Lawn darts are also banned in the USA in 1988 as they sent 6,000 people (81% were 15 or younger) to the ER in eight years. In Canada, lawn darts resulted in at least 55 serious injuries, so they were banned for sale in July 1989. The sale of second-hand lawn darts is also illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
"Zyzzyx Road," a 2006 thriller starring Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, was released in just one theater for a week. During its short run, a total of six people saw the film, which resulted in $30 in ticket sales, making it the lowest-grossing movie of all time. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
BLOCKBUSTER announced β€˜NO MORE LATE FEES’ before they went out of business, in order to combat low sales/competition from online streaming services. youtu.be/92S-S9vJ0PA
Bhutan (2010) and Turkmenistan (2016) are the only countries in the world where the production and sale of tobacco products is illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Boondock Saints made $30,471 in its theatrical run which was at only 5 theaters for 1 week. It became a cult hit after its home release grossing about $50 million in domestic video sales but its writer/director Troy Duffy didn't see profits because he signed away DVD rights in his contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Live squirrel monkeys were advertised - for real - for sale on the back of comics and magazines in the late 60’s/early 70’s. They sold for the low low price of $18.95. Many were purchased by children. Many of the monkeys attacked when opened. The attached is just one account. npr.org/2014/04/25/306868…
In the 1800s Louisiana had the only state lottery system in America. It drew controversy for selling tickets across state lines and lost 90% of its revenue when interstate lottery sales were banned in 1890. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Actor Paul Giamatti’s line in the movie Sideways upended the wine industry by crushing Merlot sales. -Wine without pretense – and the 2004 Merlot disaster hotstove.bangordailynews.…
The 3rd generation Ford Mustang was produced from 1978-1993, and during a period of slumping sales in the 80s was almost replaced with a Ford Probe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The New Zealander singer Wing sent Trey Parker of South Park a letter of thanks as a result of the boost of sales of her records after she was featured in a South Park episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Dominos Pizza awards all store managers who achieve $25,000 in sales a week for four consecutive weeks with a customized Rolex watch, in a contest called "The Rolex Challenge". nypost.com/2016/11/18/yes…
Gigantopithecus blacki was the largest ape ever recorded. The first fossils were discovered after being on sale in a pharmacist in Hong Kong, listed as, "dragon bones/teeth". It's estimated that they weighed between 300 - 500kg and reached 3m in height. newdinosaurs.com/1134_gig…
In 1975, the FDA banned the sale of turtles with a shell less than four inches long. The CDC estimates that the ban averts 100,000 cases of Salmonella infectionsβ€”salmonellosisβ€”each year in US children. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Today I learned about the French Bread Law of 1993, which outlines specific rules for the sale of bread in France. Specifically, baguettes can not be frozen before sale and must be made fresh with no additives. It even specifies a maximum pH level and bacteria counts for sourdough starters. legifrance.gouv.fr/affich…
The Walter Reade Organization mistakenly omitting the logo Β© when renaming George A. Romero's originally titled "Night of the Flesh Eaters" made Night of the Living Dead public domain. Thus, we'll never know how much the film made worldwide from all its unapproved showings, copies and sales. indiefilmhustle.com/night…
Citizens of the Dutch city Zwolle are colloquially known as Bluefingers due to the 1682 sale of the town church's bells to the town of Kampen. After finding the bells too damaged for use, Kampen paid Zwolle entirely in pennies; fingers in Zwolle turned blue after counting so much change. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwo…
The sale and importation of chewing gum is illegal in Singapore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The band Limp Bizkit holds the record for the largest first-week album sales in rock music since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales in 1991. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
There is a German Institute for Humour, which offers professional seminars and humour trainings for those interested. "Humour improves the learning atmosphere, it improves sales and can be a useful tool for change management within a company." humorinstitut.de/en/
The highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the nation, Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, is in Anchorage, Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million. vinepair.com/cocktail-cha…
Tony Marohn purchased a 1924 Palmer Union Oil Company stock certificate for $5 at a estate sale. Palmer Union Oil was a predecessor to the Coca-Cola Company and the stock was worth $130 million. Due to legalities he was unable to redeem the stock and after litigation his family received nothing. oldstocks.com/palmer-unio…
Today I learned about vanity sizing, which is the practice of assigning smaller sizes to clothing to flatter customers and encourage sales. For example, a Sears dress with a 32 inch (81 cm) bust was labeled a size 14 in the 1930s, a size 8 in the 1960s, and a size 0 in the 2010s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
At a time when the typical burger was 35 cents, McDonald's sold them for for 15 cents each, thanks to having a more efficient and low-cost sales model for their food. This led to increased sales and allowed for expansion of the chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
A long-lost Rembrandt painting was found in a basement in New Jersey. It was initially valued by a local auction house at $800, who were unaware of its true value. But numerous art buffs recognised its true value, resulting in it selling for $870,000 ($1.1 million with the sale premium). reuters.com/article/us-ne…
A man bought a golden egg for $13,000 at a sale. It turned out it was an incredibly rare FabergΓ© egg, once owned by the Emperor of Russia, that had been missing since 1902. It is worth $33,300,000. yahoo.com
SUVs, with their higher front-end profile, are at least twice as likely as cars to kill pedestrians; higher SUV sales have led to huge increase in pedestrian fatalities in the US during the past decade freep.com/story/money/car…
As the Ford Kuga's name means "plague" in Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian languages, its sales have suffered in these countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The Polish "Spirytus Delikatesowy" is believed to be the strongest liquor for sale in America; it contains almost 100% pure alcohol! adweek.com/brand-marketin…
The man on the cover of Matchbox 20's "Yourself or Someone Like You" sued the band for unapproved image usage 9 years after the album's release. The delay was because the man was never told the purpose of posing for the photo, and wasn't aware of the album during its original 12m+ sales run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
A man found a copy of the declaration of independence in an old picture frame he bought for $4 at a yard sale. It turned out to be a first print from the 4th July 1776. It later sold for $2.42 million, then $8.14 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
In 1936, Pennsylvania placed a 'temporary' tax on all alcohol sales to help out victims of the Johnstown Flood, and that tax is still charged. ydr.com/story/news/2017/0…
In 2005 Untitled (Β­Cowboy) sold for $1.2 million at auction, then the highest publicly recorded price for the sale of a contemporary Β­photograph, It was also through this photo that a new Art form was born: Photography of Photography. artgallery.nsw.gov.au/col…
Counter strike was a mod of half-life created by two programmers which was released in 1999. Due to the popularity of the mod, sales for half-life went up and, subsequently, the two friends were hired by valve who also acquired the game’s intellectual property. wikipedia.org/wiki/Counte…
The city of Key West, FL passed a law banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are believed to be detrimental to coral reefs. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
The Wii U actually didn't have that bad a launch, despite overall sales figures. In fact, on Dec. 31st, 2012, Nintendo announced that it had sold 3.06 million units worldwide with 11.69 million software units sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii…
AT&T in 1993 released an ad campaign which predicted online e-book sales, satellite navigation, email, video calling, ticket booking services to a very high accuracy youtube.com/watch?v=4PJcA…
The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
A contestant on Australian TV quiz show Sale of the Century answered only one question correctly in the episode, and still won en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
In 2001 a Hooter's restaurant held a sales contest offering the prize of a new Toyota (which was actually April Fools’ joke). When a waitress won, she was given a new toy β€œYoda". She sued the restaurant alleging fraudulent misrepresentation and won enough money to buy a new car. heraldnet.com/news/former…
The sale a small economy car is about ten times less profitable to an automaker than the sale of a large car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In an attempt to boost car sales in 1958, now defunct car brand Edsel launched a marketing campaign to give away 1000 Appaloosa ponies. All you had to had to do was test drive an Edsel. youtu.be/rZ4S24PruN8

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