Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has disdain for money and large wealth accumulation. In 2017 he said he didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values. When Apple went public, Wozniak offered $10 million of his stock to early Apple employees, something Jobs refused to do. wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_…
In stocks, being "short" a stock means you have sold a borrowed share, in hopes that it gets cheaper. You owe a share back, but you are "short" it until you buy it back to return to the lender. investopedia.com/terms/s/…
The former president of SEGA gave the company $730M as part of his dying will, in the form of stocks and debt forgiveness, covering the loss from the the Dreamcast failure. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
"bone broth" is just stock bonappetit.com/story/diff…
The United States gave cherry tree cuttings back to Japan in 1952 because the parent stock was struggling from neglect during WWII smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Joey Ramone of the punk band The Ramones recorded an ode to financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, who, at the time, reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC. Sample lyric: "I watch her every day / I watch her every night / She's really out of sight / Maria Bartiromo." theguardian.com/business/…
Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal was born into a very wealthy family. However, most of the family's wealth was lost on Black Monday, the stock market crash of 1987. In 2005, using his porn star income, Vidal bought back the mansion his family used to own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nac…
Van Halen refused to make videos for their album 5150, so Warner Bros quickly cobbled together a video for the song "Dreams" by using stock footage of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. The cheap video became a surprise hit on MTV and the Navy began to use it as part of their recruiting efforts. navalhistory.org/2020/01/…
Today I learned about Walter Schramm and escheat. He bought AMZN stock in 90's and pledged not to look at his stock account for 20 years. After 20 years logged on and $100,000 worth of Amazon stock was gone. Taken by the state government as unclaimed property because his account was deemed inactive. npr.org/2020/02/13/805760…
Barbra Streisand has built a shopping mall in the basement underneath her house, unstaffed and she stocks it with things she buys herself. Need a gift for a friend, she β€˜shops’ for it in her own private mall. harpersbazaar.com/fashion…
The man known as "Hide the Pain Harold" is named AratΓ³ AndrΓ‘s. He is a retired Hungarian electrical engineer turned stock photography model and stumbled upon himself as a meme when he was looking up stock photos of himself to see how they turned out. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Somali Pirates set up an exchange (like a stock market) where people could buy shares in pirate groups to finance their operations. A 22 year old 'investor' made $75,000 in 38 days after joining the 'company' - after getting a share of ransom money. reuters.com/article/us-so…
York Water Company, a small Pennsylvania utility stock, has paid an uninterrupted dividend since 1816. nwitimes.com/business/inv…
In 1908, Oliver P. Fritchle travelled from Lincoln (Nebraska) to New York in one of his firm's electric cars. He covered the 1,800 miles (2,900 km) in a stock Victoria Phaeton, achieving as many as 108 miles (174 km) between charges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was founded on May 17, 1792 between 24 stockbrokers outside of 68 Wall Street. The signing is said to have taken place under a Buttonwood Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
After the pandemic began, many investors purchased the wrong Zoom stock, getting shares in a defunct Chinese hardware company, instead of the calling app, Zoom Video Communications. This meant that the wrong Zoom stock price soared by 1800% before the SEC stepped in. nasdaq.com/articles/the-s…
Today I learned of Vincent Kosuga, who is the reason why the US government banned the trading of futures contracts on onions on the stock market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Slipstreaming was discovered by stock car racers in the 1960 Daytona 500 when a driver, struggling to keep up in his slower car, found that drafting close behind the car ahead gave him an aerodynamic advantage via reduced drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
In 1904, the creator of the Thompson Submachine Gun conducted tests on both living cattle, and some human cadavers, to determine which caliber should be used in American military handguns. Tests were conducted at the Nelson Morris Company Union Stock Yards in Chicago, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Sir Isaac Newton, while a genius, lost a huge part of his fortune trading stocks during a bubble royalsocietypublishing.or…
On 2 April 1993, Philip Morris caused their stock price to fall 26% after announcing a 20% price cut to Marlboro cigarettes to fight back against generic competitors. Investors interpreted the price slash as an admission of defeat and the event became known as Marlboro Friday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Dexter Fletcher, the man who does the voiceover for the UK McDonalds adverts, directed Rocketman (2019), Eddie the Eagle (2015) and finished directing Bohemian Rhapsody (2018); and starred in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells (1998). wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter…
PRISONS have stocks and you can invest in them in USA ! investopedia.com/articles…
Before Japan surrendered to end WW2, the US armed forces ordered over 1 million Purple Heart medals in anticipation of a difficult land invasion. That stock is still being used today. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned about 'Dead cat bounce', a Wall Street saying that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height", referring to a small rebound during or after a stock market crash en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
300 years ago, Sir Isaac Newton lost the equivalent of millions of dollars in the first stock market bubble. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Nintendo experimented with a modem add-on for the NES that would allow Minnesota residents to play the state lottery on their NES. They also had plans to enable stock trading and online gaming. The idea was scrapped however, because it was thought it would encourage underage gambling. kotaku.com/when-nintendo-…
Stock car racer Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts died in a fiery crash during a race. He was nicknamed Fireball for his baseball pitching ability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Charging Bull, the famous statue on Wall Street, was installed secretly and illegally outside the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 following the 1987 stock market crash. The sculpture was seized and impounded by NYPD, but re-installed two blocks south of the Exchange after a public outcry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A lawyer used his will for practical jokes. He gave a house to 3 men who hated each other, stocks in a brewery to preachers, shares of a racetrack to each ministers "except Spracklin, who shot a hotelkeeper", and gave the rest to whoever had the most kids in 10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Lenny McLean, who played β€œBarry the Baptist” in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was diagnosed with lung cancer while filming and died shortly before the movie’s release (age 49). In response Guy Ritchie had billboards changed to feature McLean and dedicated the film to him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Somali Piracy began as a response to illegal fishing which depleted local fish stocks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
In 2015 Carlos Slim’s companies accounted for approximately 40% of the listings on Mexico’s stock exchange and his net worth was equivalent to about 6% of Mexico's gross domestic product. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of the Piccirilli Brothers, who carved the Lincoln statue (DC), the NY Public Library lions, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (DC), the NY Stock Exchange, and the Washington Square Arch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Samsung accidentally issued 2,000 employees 1,000 shares of stock for 37 minutes before realizing the error. 16 employees sold during that time for approx. $9,000,000 each. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of β€œBlack Monday” which was a stock market crash in 1987. The Dow Jones fell 22.6% and worldwide losses were estimated at $1.7 trillion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 1951 Thelma Howard was hired as a maid for Walt & Lillian Disney. Walt would gift her shares of Disney stock every X-mas for the next 30 yrs. She died in 1994 that's when it was discovered she still had all 192,000 shares valued at $9,000,000. It went to disadvantaged kids & her disabled son people.com/archive/saving…
Circuit breakers are installed to prevent major stock market crashes personal.vanguard.com/us/…
Walt Disney gave his housekeeper, Thelma Pearl Howard, stocks of the company during holidays and birthdays every year, instead of cash. The stocks were valued very little at the time, but by the time she was in her 70s, they were worth $9 million. scribol.com/b/pop-culture…
In 1999, the stock of Computer Literacy Inc. shot up 36% in one day, purely because the company changed its name to the more hip-sounding Fatbrain.com. sddt.com/News/article.cfm…
"Enron Fraud", the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history. The energy company's bankruptcy in 2001 after allegations of massive accounting fraud wiped out $78 billion in stock market value and led to the collapse of Arthur Andersen and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enr…
In 1970 Nike offered Spencer Haywood either $100,000 or 10 percent of the company in exchange for promoting the company’s shoes. He chose the 100k over the stock that would be worth $8.6 billion today foxsports.com/nba/story/n…
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…
Charles Vance Millar, a rich Canadian financier, made his will one giant practical joke. In it, he left three men who hated one another a join lifetime tenancy in a villa, some protestant ministers $700,000 in Catholic beer stock, and anti-horse racing advocates $25,000 in a Jockey club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The 1929 stock market crash was a result of an unsustainable boom in share prices in the preceding years. The boom in share prices was caused by the irrational exuberance of investors, buying shares on the margin, and over-confidence in the sustainability of economic growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Joe Kennedy, JFK's father, made a fortune as a stock market and commodity investor before cashing in all his stocks just days before the stock market crash of 1929. Consequentially, he was one of the few people who vastly increased their fortune during the great depression. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
, when Paul Reuter developed his own news agency (Reuters News Agency) he used carrier pigeons to give Berlin news from the Paris stock exchange, as they were speedier than trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of a 100yr old+ Winchester Model 1873 was found abandoned against a tree with the bottom of its stock buried in 4-5 inches of accumulated soil and vegetation, in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, saving it from an eventual wildfire which destroyed said tree. Its called the Forgotten Winchester en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…

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