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…
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…
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…
PRISONS have stocks and you can invest in them in USA ! investopedia.com/articles…
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-…
Warren Buffett’s son Peter was given an inheritance of $90,000 in Berkshire Hathaway stock after high school in 1977. If he had not spent it, it’d be worth $200 million today. cnbc.com/2020/05/07/warre…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Circuit breakers are installed to prevent major stock market crashes personal.vanguard.com/us/…
Indian-American nurse Sandeep Kaur made a ton of money on the stock market, quit nursing for gambling, in which her obsession took her into a world of thrill and crime, and the β€œBombshell Bandit” was born. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
The Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust is a grain reserve of commodities and cash. In 2008 the USDA sold the remaining stocks into an all cash reserve. Since it no longer holds commodities, it can respond to local food crises outside the US, but not to a global one that affects the USA itself. usaid.gov/news-informatio…
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…
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…
The Nobel Prize committee maintains its funds by investing in securities, real estate, the stock market, bonds, loans etc. As per the will which established the committee it was supposed to invest in "safe securities" but the term was re-interpreted after the two world wars. nobelprize.org/about/fina…
"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 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…
, 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…
The US Navy uses dolphins to help it defend the world's largest stock pile of nuclear weapons at naval Base Kitsap. businessinsider.com/the-w…
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…
1980s Indy Car driver took stock options out of spite after being fired, with a 14000% profit currently. indystar.com/story/sports…
There is an effect know as the Ting Hai effect where the Hong Kong stock market would drop whenever a film or tv series starring Adam Cheng is released wikipedia.org/wiki/Ting_H…
Contrary to popular lore, there was no epidemic of suicides in the wake of the Stock Market Crash of 1929. One contemporary reference to the myth was written by a British reporter who had been very badly burned in the market himself, the reporter’s name was Winston Churchill. history.com/news/stock-ma…
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…
The Kodak company manufactured hand grenades in the later years of WWII, and they were even used in the invasion of Normandy. The stock remaining after WWII was ordered to be destroyed because the grenades would explode prematurely, injuring American soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BEA…
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…
NASCAR is rooted in Prohibition bootlegging. They souped up stock cars to outrun the police and that led to competitive racing between gangs. prohibition.themobmuseum.…
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…
Today I learned of Morioka Shoten, a Japanese bookstore that only stocks one book at a time. Albeit many copies of that one book. theguardian.com/books/201…
The Somali Pirates had their own stock exchange. Local were encouraged to invest in one of 72 'Maritime Companies', giving weapons, money, or even boats. If the crew that got the weapons successfully attacked a ship and made money, the investor would get a portion of the loot. reuters.com/article/us-so…
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…
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 Operation Dawn Raid, where Malaysia acquired Guthrie on 7 September 1981, the oldest and 2nd largest plantation company on London Stock Exchange by surprise. cilisos.my/the-greatest-h…
The actor of Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has a stock photo of him used on the board game Quip It. geekyhobbies.com/quip-it-…
The Canadian National Railway is Canada's largest railway with 32,831 KM of track and a market cap of $90 billion. Bill Gates is the largest single shareholder of CN stock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average, where it remained a part of the index for 122 years until June 26, 2018, when the stock was removed from the index and replaced with Walgreens Boots Alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Peter Tuchman, a widely-recognized securities stock trader at the NYSE whose face is always on the front page of CNBC during market swings, has "never owned any stock" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1368, the town of Monção, Portugal was besieged by the Spanish. When food stocks were nearly gone, the locals were said to have thrown some fresh bread over the walls in a show of false confidence in their dwindling supplies. The disheartened invaders left. lonelyplanet.com/portugal…
Before Walt Disney's youngest daughter, Sharon Disney Lund, died in 1993, her three grown children gathered together and were told about the vast fortune that awaited them. But Sharon empowered three trustees to withhold the distributions of Disney stocks which led to multiple family lawsuits hollywoodreporter.com/new…
When capuchin monkeys were taught to gamble, they made the same irrational decisions a human gambler would make as well, and the data generated by the capuchin monkeys make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors. zmescience.com/research/h…
The Military has a public record of cocaine stocks armyproperty.com/nsn/6505…
The stock exchange in Milan has a marble statue of a middle finger in its main plaza titled L.O.V.E. (for freedom, hate, vengeance, and eternity in Italian) by Maurizio Cattelan. The bankers wanted it removed but the government voted to keep it in place. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Winston Churchill came to America to buy stocks...in 1929 newsweek.com/how-churchil…
Today I learned about the Wilhelm Scream -- a stock sound effect that has been used in at least 416 films and TV series since 1951, and is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion. youtube.com/watch?v=Zf8aB…
The first person sentenced to the stocks in Boston was Edward Palmer, the carpenter who built the stocks. His crime? Charging too much for building the stocks. history.org/foundation/jo…
Shoplifters were using self service checkouts to scan expensive fruit and veg as carrots at a major UK supermarket chain. They were only discovered when the supermarket noticed they had sold more carrots than they’d ever had in stock. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
The woman who sang β€œHow Much for that Doggie in the Window” later recorded a version called β€œDo You See that Doggie in the Shelter” due to her opposition to the puppy mills that stock pet stores with exclusive rights to the song given the the Human Society of the United States. youtube.com/watch?v=ugPQT…
Warren Buffett bought controlling shares of his now multibillion dollar company, Berkshire Hathaway, just to fire the CEO as revenge for trying to low-ball him when Buffett went to sell the stock. Buffett considers it the dumbest stock he ever bought. cnbc.com/id/39724884
Most "gold" that is traded on the stock market is not backed by actual gold. The London Bullion Market Association, the world's largest gold market, have approximately a hundred times more gold deposits than actual gold bullion to back the deposits up. businessinsider.com/11-ex…
A banker who convinced local residents to buy Coca Cola Stock during the Depression resulted in a the richest town in America with more millionaires per capita. A single share bought at $19 would be worth $10 Million in 2013. voidlive.com/the-story-of…
Shakespeare coined or popularized many of the phrases we use today. Some of these include: β€œGood riddance. In my heart of hearts. Laughing stock. Wild-goose chase. Devil incarnate. Brave new world. As luck would have it. All our yesterdays. Break the ice. Full circle.” bbcamerica.com/anglopheni…
McDonald's celebrated its 10th anniversary by initiating its first public stock offering at $22.50 per share. After its first day as a publicly-traded company on April 21, 1965, the stock had soared to $30 per share, and its owners became millionaires investopedia.com/articles…
In 2015, Forbes named entrepreneur/CEO Elizabeth Holmes the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Then in 2016, allegations of fraud collapsed her company's valuation, rendering her stock worthless and reducing her net worth to zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
When Stephen Hawking gave a lecture in Japan, he was asked not to mention the possible re-collapse of the universe for fears it may impact the stock market hawking.org.uk/the-beginn…
In 2002, Sega's president gifted all $695 million of his own company stock to save Sega from going bankrupt due to the Dreamcast; he died shortly afterwards following an arduous battle with cancer. eurogamer.net/articles/20…
The Dutch East India Company was the first company to ever go public on a stock exchange, raising enough capital to become a multinational conglomerate with over 70,000 employees. At it's peak, the company was worth 78 million Dutch guilders - equivalent to $7.4 trillion today. fool.com/investing/genera…
Lego toys are a better investment than stocks, bonds, or gold cnet.com/news/lego-bricks…
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport uses the airport code MSY for Moisant Stock Yard. Its named after pioneer pilot John B Moisant crashed and died in a cattle field, now the location of the current airport, in 1910. nola.com/entertainment_li…
All plants of the same stock of bamboo will bloom at the same time, and then die, no matter where they are in the world. Usually once every hundred years or so. grapee.jp/en/114838
Due to a typo, the Japanese company Mizuho Securities tried to sell 610,000 shares for a yen each (less than a penny) instead of 1 share for 610,000 yen (around $5,000). Despite three separate attempts to cancel it, the Tokyo Stock Exchange processed it anyway, costing the company $225 million. cbsnews.com/news/stock-tr…
GTT Express is a $300m transatlantic cable between New York and London stock exchanges to reduce transmission latency by 5ms fiberatlantic.com/system/…
The Royal Society published a study showing a strong correlation between Internet searches for a company's name and its trade volume, the total number of times the stock changed hands over a given week. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Monster Energy Drink is the best performing stock of the century. markets.businessinsider.c…
Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker (1979) had to be completely refilmed, from scratch, a year into production and after most scenes had been shot, because the film stock had been improperly developed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Before polling, predictive markets (like stock market betting) were more accurate in forecasting US Presidential election results than scientific polls, and incorporating information from polls might have made predictive market betting less accurate later liberalarts.utexas.edu/go…
As a consequence of the Video game crash of 1983, Atari discreetly buried much of its excess stock, as well as unsold stock of earlier games, in a landfill near Alamogordo, New Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
Warner Brothers shut down an entire publisher that they owned and destroyed almost all their stock, just to prevent Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman from publishing a book critical of US foreign policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Rounding errors resulted in a 25pts loss per month of the index of the Vancouver Stock Exchange en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Warren Buffett, worth $78 Billion, gave his son Peter a single inheritance of $90k worth of stock at age 19. He has never given him more financial assistance. Peter spent the money on recording equipment. Had he kept the stock it would be worth over $70 million today. npr.org/templates/story/s…
The β€˜Wilhelm Scream’, a distinctive stock audio scream, which has appeared in over 300 movies was voiced by Sheb Wooley who went onto record The Purple People Eater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Businessman Armand Hammer got asked so much if he worked at Arm & Hammer, he bought enough stock in the company to get on their board of directors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Walt Disney's daughter, Diane, rarely spoke to the press. She never sat on the board of the company and in the late Eighties she sold the last of her personal stock. Her children told her that their friends didn’t know that Walt Disney was a man: they only knew his name as a brand telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
After Domino's admitted their pizza tasted bad in 2010 and reinvented their pizza, The company's stocks have outperformed every large tech company in the past decade. hbr.org/2016/11/how-domin…
The world record for longest manned non-stop flight is nearly 65 days, set in 1959. Flying in a modified Cessna 172, the two pilots would descend and match speeds with a truck in order to refuel and stock up on supplies without landing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ces…
The house in the suburbs that Monica & Chandler bought in the final season of FRIENDS (2004) filmed at a soundstage, but the view outside was a stock photo taken from the front step of the McAllister house during filming of the movie β€œHome Alone”. Monica & Chandler bought the McAllister’s house. youtu.be/_8C2kOgCyp4
The word "zany" comes from the Italian commedia dell'arte stock character type "zanni" (an example of which was the well-known "harlequin"). Zanni characters were depictions of funny servents with quick wit and occasionally ill intentions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
In Asia, collecting luxury goods is considered a solid investment. Some luxury handbags increase 14.2% in value every year, a significantly higher return than the stock market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Oakley had a pricing dispute with conglomerate Luxottica who responded by dropping the brand in all their stores, causing Oakley's stock to drop. Luxottica then bought out the company. They own Sunglasses Hut, LensCrafters, PearleVision, Target Optical, and several licenses such as Ray-Ban. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Walmart stocks up on strawberry Poptarts before a hurricane as it is a more popular prep item than bottled water. countryliving.com/food-dr…
In the face of public health concerns in 1990, McDonald's switched from cooking their french fries in beef tallow to cooking them in vegetable oil. Strong public distaste for the new taste of the fries resulted in McDonald's stock price falling. eatthis.com/mcdonalds-fre…
In β€œForrest Gump”, the Apple letter that Forrest receives telling him about his Apple stock is dated 9/23/1975, but the company didn’t go public on the stock exchange until 12/12/1980. upbeatnews.com/mm-2/the-c…
Norway has a sovereign wealth fund to the value of over $1 Trillion USD which includes 1.3% of global stocks and shares, it is primarily funded by the profits of the Norwegian petroleum sector. In total the fund has a value of over $180,000 per Norwegian resident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
In 1994 Guns n Roses Bassist Duff McKagan bought $100,000 in stock in Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks bloomberg.com/news/articl…
There is a stock exchange of pirates. npr.org/sections/money/20…
No man could own stock in the Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, it could only be sold to the women members of WCTU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
A graffiti artist took Facebook stock in lieu of cash for work done at their first headquarters. When FB went public his shares were worth $200 million. cnbc.com/2017/09/07/how-f…
In 2005, Facebook approached artist David Choe him with a proposition, Facebook asked Choe to paint his famous murals on the office walls for $60,000 or company stock. Choe choice the stock and it's now estimated worth is $200,000,000 cnbc.com/2017/09/07/how-f…
As a result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the world stopped the majority of imports of coffee from Brazil, so in 1932 they used coffee beans as fuel for locomotives makezine.com/2007/01/17/u…
The Chinese government estimates almost 50 percent of the current housing stock β€” or everything built before 1999 is of such poor quality it will need to be demolished within 20 years. citymetric.com/skylines/h…
Stock market participation is correlated with IQ. (controlling for wealth, income, age, and other demographic and occupational information) papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…
Pride-filled Enzo Ferrari dismissed Ferruccio Lamborghini's complaint of rough clutches in the Ferrari 250GT; After successfully modifying one of his personally-owned Ferrari 250GT to outperform stock models, Lamborghini gained the impetus to pursue an automobile manufacturing venture of his own lambocars.com/lambonews/f…

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