In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
In Taiwan, every receipt for every store in the country is also a ticket to a government-run lottery with top prizes worth up to US$300,000 guidetotaipei.com/article…
A waitress was tipped a lottery ticket and won $10,000,000. She was then sued by her colleagues for their share. Then she was sued by the man who tipped her the ticket. Then she was kidnapped by her ex husband, and shot him in the chest. Then she went to court against the IRS. al.com/news/mobile/2018/1…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
In the 1980s American Airlines sold tickets for unlimited travel (priced around 250000 dollar). One passenger, over a period of 10+ years, traveled more than 10 million miles, accumulated over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away), and cost the airline more than $21 million bosshunting.com.au/travel…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
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…
A Scottish teen's mother had been nagging him for weeks to clean his bedroom. When Ryan Kitching finally cleaned his room, he found 12 old lottery tickets in a drawer; one of them was a winner for Β£52,981. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Dubbed as one of the worse sales promotions in history, Hoover nearly went bankrupt after promising UK customers a flight to the USA and back if they spent Β£100 or more on their products. Hoover cancelled the promotion before many customers received their tickets and some even took legal action. thehustle.co/the-worst-sa…
Live snails need their own train ticket, if you take one on a train in France. According to French law, when taking any animal under 6KG (~13lbs) one must pay 7 Euro (~$7.5) for the ride. Law requires you to stay with your snail and keep it and the other passengers safe for the whole ride. us.toluna.com/opinions/40…
The world premiere of Handel's Messiah sold so many tickets that the audience was asked to leave their swords and hooped skirts at home. Jonathan Swift thought it the piece was blasphemous and threatened to publicly forbid singers from St. Patrick’s Cathedral from participating. bsomusic.org/stories/5-th…
Today I learned about the Dutch postal code lottery. They draw a postal code and if you live there and you bought a ticket, you win. That increases the feeling of regret for those who didn't buy a ticket, as they see their neighbors buying new cars, renovating, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Walter Arnold was issued the first speeding ticket in 1896. After racing across the streets at 8MPH and being chased 5 miles by an officer in a bicycle, he was fined 1 shilling. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
In 1964 Reg Spiers, an australian athlete, shipped himself from London to Australia in a box, because he had no money to pay for a plane ticket to come back home for his daugter's birthday. ripleys.com/weird-news/re…
Massachusetts man Richard Noll bought two scratch-offs in order to break a $100 bill to buy lunch and won $10 million from one of the tickets. Mitesh Patel, who sold him the winning ticket, will receive a $50,000 bonus. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
In 2009, a 14-year-old boy showed up at a Chicago police station in uniform and worked 5 hours of a shift. He allegedly got a police radio, ticket book and rode with an officer for several hours before his identity was realised. He knew procedure due to a "police explorer" program he’d gone to. nbcchicago.com/news/local…
A man named Walter Arnold was the first ever to receive a speeding ticket, traveling at 8mph; 6mph over the posted speed limit. carbuzz.com/news/how-fast…
Today I learned about Operation Flagship, where the U.S. Marshals sent letters to 5,000 fugitives telling them that they had won NFL tickets, and to come and collect their prize at a Convention Center. 100 people showed up and were arrested for their outstanding warrants. usmarshals.gov/history/fi…
A man in 2002 found a way to crack the lottery in the US state of Michigan using math and probability. He figured out that if he bought a certain amount of tickets that he would certainly make a profit. He and his wife Marge ended up making millions of dollars. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06s…
The Prankster Horace De Vera Cole once handed out free symphony tickets to bald men. He painted a letter on each of the men's heads. When they sat in their seats their shiny bald heads spelled "Bollocks" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/a…
There was a train service between India and Sri Lanka, wherein passengers can purchase one single ticket to travel from Madras (now Chennai) to Colombo. They would have had to shift to a ferry for a quick hop across the 35 KM of Palk Strait. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa…
Disney's animated classic, "The Jungle Book" is Germany's biggest film of all time in terms of admissions with 27.3 million tickets sold, nearly 10 million more than second place Titanic's 18.8 million tickets sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A "rain check" was originally a ticket given to a spectator at an outdoor event interrupted by rain that provided admission to a later event (instead of a refund), but has since become an informal term for a request to reschedule any event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
, Indiana once offered a bacon-scented scratch-off lottery ticket. One of the prizes was $250 of bacon for 20 years. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
In late 1970s Italy coins have become scarce so shops used candy, bus tickets, and telephone tokens as change until banks started issuing a kind of non-money replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
FIVE movies sold more than an estimated 135 million tickets in North American; Titanic 135.5 million ; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 141.8 million ; The Sound of Music 142.5 million ; Star Wars (Episode IV) 178.1 million and Gone with the Wind 202.3 million (the full list is in the link) boxofficemojo.com/chart/t…
A 17-year-old Canadian booked his ticket to go to space abroad Virgin Galactic to become the youngest person to ever go to space. It is understood that he will be accompanied by a parent for the trip, which costs $200,000 per ticket joe.ie/uncategorized/cana…
β€” Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets were sold to the public. The NFL gave the remaining 99% to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and other entities. When a fan sued, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the NFL's ticketing policies didn’t violate any state consumer protection laws. abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-…
"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…
Today I learned of The Irish Sweepstakes, est. 1930, which sold lottery tickets internationally to fund Irish hospitals, and prizes won via horse races. The US, where gambling was illegal at the time, bought the most tickets. britannica.com/topic/Iris…
There’s a famous scene in the 1931 film β€œThe Public Enemy” where James Cagney smashes a grapefruit in Mae Clarke’s face. Clark’s ex-husband loved that scene so much he would repeatedly buy tickets and watch it over and over again, getting shushed when his laughter got too loud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The first ever speeding ticket was issued to Walter Arnold on the 28th of January 1896 in Kent, England. He was blitzing through the town at 8mph (4 times the legal limit), was chased for 5 miles by a police officer on a bicycle, and was fined 1 shilling when he was finally caught. moneyweek.com/376781/28-j…
The Netherlands makes trains free on National Book Day for those who show a book instead of a ticket. independent.co.uk/travel/…
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…
Today I Learned that James W. Ford was the first African American to run on a presdential ticket in the 20th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about "Black Sunday", Disneyland's disastrous opening day. Asphalt poured that morning melted in the 101 Β°F weather, counterfeit tickets added 3x the park's capacity, a plumbers' strike forced Walt to choose running toilets over water fountains, vendors ran out of food, rides were hijacked, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The crowd during the Super Bowl halftime show do not have tickets to the game and the performers are paid nothing. The NFL justifies the lack of earnings by saying the performers will make it back in download revenue. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 1947, the Kiwanis Club of Ahoskie, N.C. held a drawing for a New Cadillac. When a Black Navy Veteran won, they announced there had been a mistake, refunded the winner the $1 price of his ticket, and drew again for a white winner. ladailymirror.com/2018/08…
Paul McCartney managed to make an appearance on Pink Floyds' album Dark Side of the Moon. At the end of track β€œEclipse”, a passage from an orchestral version of the Beatles’ β€œTicket to Ride” can be heard; the song was playing in the background at the Abbey Road studio during this recording! rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In 1991 a supermarket gave away 10,000 tickets to a Texas Rangers game. It tuned out to be the night Nolan Ryan threw his 7th and final no-hitter. (Fast forward to 1:54:23 for proof) youtu.be/-XapAFdSsdU
In 2017 Saudi Prince Bought Plane Tickets for His 80 Falcons viewfromthewing.com/saudi…
Among the victims of the Concorde plane crash in 2000 was a 53 year old schoolteacher named Klaus Frentzem, who, along with his wife, had saved up for 20 years to be able to afford tickets. theguardian.com/uk/2000/j…
George Lucas, after graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1967 tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but was immediately turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets. wikipedia.org/wiki/George…
A Scalper tried to sell 50 tickets for The Interview and couldn't get a refund for $650 abc7.com/entertainment/th…
In 1977, Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, a poor Indian artist, rode a second-hand bicycle for 4 months & 3 weeks from New Delhi to Gothenburg in Sweden to meet his love Charlotte Von Schedvin. He rode his bicycle because he didn't have enough money to buy an airplane ticket. They have 2 kids now. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned of "Average speed control" systems. A vehicle is identified by a camera when entering a section of enforced road, and again when exiting. Then the average speed is calculated by using the distance traveled and the time. Tickets could then be automatically billed to any speeding drivers. ec.europa.eu/transport/ro…
Today I learned of Wally Funk, who became an aviator at 20, and in 1961 volunteered to be part of the Women in Space program. She scored higher on tests than future astronaut John Glenn. The program was cancelled. Today, at 86, she continues to fly, and has a ticket to fly into space with Virgin Galactic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
The city of Nottingham, UK, named a tram after a locally born actress, Vicky McClure. On her maiden trip on the tram, she was ejected for fare evasion. Having been offered a free ride, she did not have a ticket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
A woman named Glenda Blackwell brought a scratch off lottery ticket to prove to her husband that buying lottery tickets was a waster of money and accidentally ended up winning $1 million. edition.cnn.com/2016/10/2…
The ball from the Immaculate Reception, regarded as the greatest play in NFL history, was taken by a fan after the game. He offered it back to the Steelers in exchange for season tickets for life, but was refused. He now keeps the ball in a bank vault and has refused all offers to sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
A man with a personalized license plate which read "NO PLATE" received 2500 overdue traffic tickets... because they had all been issued to various cars with no plates, and when a car marked "NO PLATE" appeared in the system, the algorithm automatically redirected those tickets to its owner. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Steve Jobs was once pulled over for driving over 100 MPH, Jobs impatiently waits for the ticket, even demanding to hurry up. Ticket at last in hand, he drives right up over 100 MPH again, despite a warning that he could lose his license. justatheory.com/2011/11/s…
In 1992 Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Joe Carter pulled an amazing prank on teammate Derek Bell by pretending to raffle off his car mid-game. He rode onto the field in it and the announcer read off a fake winning ticket youtube.com/watch?v=rtIyl…
They have microchips in Sweden that they insert into people’s hands wich can be used to open doors, have train tickets and much more. npr.org/2018/10/22/658808…
Today I learned of β€œMr. First” Omero Catan who was β€œfirst” 537 times including the first paying customer to skate the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink. First ticket holder to enter two World's Fairs. First through the Lincoln Tunnel and first to put a coin in a New York City parking meter. theweeklyn.com/2019/01/15…
The classic 101 Dalmatians animated film sold more tickets in the United States than Avatar or Avengers: Endgame boxofficemojo.com/alltime…
The woman who won the $1.5 Billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 was going on a scenic drive during some down time when her drive took her past the KC Mart, where the signs showing the incredibly large jackpot caught her eye. She decided to take a chance and purchase a ticket. wvlt.tv/content/news/5071…
British comedian Joe Lycett got the Mayor of Birmingham to officially open his new kitchen extension. After initially declining as it wasn't a public event, she agreed to do it when he raffled off 4 tickets for members of the public to attend bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-engl…
The mysterious winner of a $560 million lottery ticket who fought to keep her identity a secret was allowed to stay anonymous, a judge ruled in March. The woman’s lawyers argued that she is part of a group that β€œhas historically been victimized by the unscrupulous”. nytimes.com/2018/03/12/us…
While the first state to pass a speed limit law happened in 1901 and limited the legal speed of motor vehicles to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads, the first motor vehicle to actually get a ticket was in a 2 mph zone. blog.americansafetycounci…
Although being a giant box office success, movie theater business was less enthused about the movie "A Quiet Place" because the ambiance of the movie was such that any type of loud eating was shamed leading to people not buying any food. Cinemas normally earn more from food than tickets. theguardian.com/film/2018…
Today I learned about "bus therapy", which involves discharging destitute psychiatric patients who still need treatment and giving them a bus ticket to go to another state, so the costs are covered by that state. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
AEG Live, the owners and operators of Coachella Music Festival attempted to profit off of Michael Jackson's death by offering fan's 'Souvenior Tickets' in leiu of a refund to tickets to the 'This Is It' tour, which was interrupted by Jackson's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ans…
A man whose car bore a license plate reading 'NO PLATE' received notices for thousands of unpaid parking tickets. snopes.com/fact-check/aut…
In test screenings, Willy Wonka had a scene with a hiker seeking a guru, asking him the meaning of life. The guru requests a Wonka Bar. Finding no golden ticket, he says, "Life is a disappointment." The director loved it, but few laughed. A psychologist told him that the message was too real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Infamous streaker, Mark Roberts, was sponsored by GoldenPalace.com to streak Super Bowl 38. He was paid $1 million, given front row tickets on the 50-yard line, and provided with one of the best defense attorneys in the US who was able to reduce his charges down to a misdemeanor and $1,000 fine. theguardian.com/sport/201…
The Jamestown colony was founded with money made from holding a lottery. Harvard and Yale were also built with profits from a lottery. In these small-scale games, people could find out if they won a prize immediately after buying a ticket, similarly to scratch-and-win lotteries today. history.com/news/13-colon…
A man, Zhan, did not want to pay for a ticket to get into the zoo. Instead of buying a ticket, like his family did, he decided to scale a wall to get in. He ended up in a tiger enclosure and was promptly mauled to death while onlookers watched and recorded video of it. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
In an effort to reduce drunk driving, the city of Austin, TX will waive parking tickets if a receipt showing that a ride-share company, taxi or bus was used within 24 hours of receiving the ticket kxan.com/news/local/austi…
Hugh Jackman buys lotto tickets every Friday for the entire crew while filming a movie. It's a tradition he started 2 months into filming his first American film when he was embarrassed he didn't know the names of half the crew members. ibtimes.co.uk/hugh-jackma…
A DC cop once gave President Grant a speeding ticket for driving his horse and buggy dangerously fast, this was prior to the invention of cars. dcist.com/story/12/10/04/…
1968 presidential candidate George Wallace briefly considered KFC founder, Harland Sanders as a vice presidential nominee on his third party ticket. theamericanconservative.c…
Today I learned of Steve Rothstein, who took advantage of American Airlines' AAirpass (a promotion that offered lifetime unlimited flights for $250k). He accumulated more than 30M miles, costing them $1M per year. He would often book a "companion" just for elbow room, putting the ticket under "Bag Rothstein" articles.latimes.com/2012…
Disney has a bad reputation among theater owners for its strict/lofty terms regarding its films. For "The Last Jedi" as an example, Disney demanded a 65% cut of ticket sales (rather than the minimum 55%-60% cut), a 4 week hold in each venue, and a 5% penalty to any owner who breaks the contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acq…
Today I learned about Horace De Vere Cole, an eccentric prankster who once gave out tickets to a theatrical performance to bald people so that when the light shone on their heads it would spell out "bollocks" wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace…
In 2006 Prince did a 'Willy Wonka' and made Universal hide 14 purple ticketsβ€”seven in the U.S. and seven internationallyβ€”inside his latest album, 3121. Fans who found a purple ticket were invited to attend a private performance at Prince's Los Angeles home. chiefmarketer.com/wonka-s…
A ticket to Burning Man costs $400 - $1,500 but once you are inside, you can get anything for free except for ice and coffee. theatlantic.com/business/…
Two trapped miners once asked for an ipod with The Foo Fighters music on it to keep their spirits up. After hearing this, Dave Grohl wrote a note saying "I want you to know that when you come home, there's two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you". stereoboard.com/content/v…
When Alfred Hitchcock was five his father sent him to the police with a note, the policeman looked at the note and locked him in jail for few minutes. This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen and he wouldn't even drive a car in case he got a parking ticket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Kid Rock took a massive pay cut on his 2013 Summer tour in order to keep ticket prices for his shows capped at $20, and beer prices at $4 for 12oz. billboard.com/articles/ne…
In 1973 the Who’s drummer Keith Moon passed out mid-show. The band continued without him for several songs before Townshend asked, "Can anyone play the drums? – I mean somebody good?" 19 year old Scot Halpin, who had bought scalped tickets came up and played the rest of the show. wikipedia.org/wiki/Scot_H…
Today I learned about Jim Becker. Die hard Packers fan who donated his blood to buy Packers tickets so often that it saved his life from an undiagnosed case of hemochromatosis. abcnews.go.com/Health/Men…
The Burj Khalifa has two observation decks: on level 124 and 148, "At the Top Sky", which is the tallest in the world. The ticket prices are approximately $34 and $136 respectively thegate.boardingarea.com/…
Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice articles.latimes.com/1994…
Today I learned of a woman who has won the Lottery four times since 1993. She was outed as a PhD of Statistics from Standford University and had figured out the pseudo-number generator for the distribution of the winning tickets. She won a total of $17million, and has since moved to Las Vegas. news.com.au/finance/money…
A woman in Australia played the set for life lottery, she chose the numbers to her aniversay and purchased two identical tickets one for her and one for her husband. The numbers come in, the first prize is $20,000 a month tax free for life... They got a combined $40,000om for each ticket win! thelott.com/real-winners/…
– Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) tickets were allocated for sale to the general public. When the practice was challenge, on the grounds that it was a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of the NFL. finance.yahoo.com/news/ju…
There are was a police bust in Washington that made a bunch of people with warrants think they got free tickets. youtube.com/watch?v=1LsNB…
Every Christmas in Lexington, Kentucky, you can pay off your tickets with canned food donations mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The wait list for Green Bay Packers season tickets is at over 137,000 names. If you joined the list today, your projected wait time is about 70 years. greenbaypressgazette.com/…
An elderly man in China tried to buy a train ticket using currency not in circulation since 1949. He wanted to pay for a train ticket costing 12.5 yuan with a 500 yuan banknote and was informed his 1943 note is no longer legal tender. They are now worth over $100 bbc.com/news/blogs-news-f…
In 1987, Steve Rothstein purchased an AAirpass ticket for $233,509. During the 10 years Rothstein owned the pass, he flew more than 10 million miles, earned over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away) and made more than 500 trips to England, costing the company $21 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAi…
The Stars War Podrace is based off the Pinchcliffe Grand Prix which was in theaters every day for 28 years in Norway, Moscow, and Tokyo. It is the highest grossing and most widely seen Norwegian film ever, selling 5.5 million tickets (Norway's current population is 5 million). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
If you're having trouble at a Japanese Rail Ticket Machine, a secret hatch will pop open next to the machine and a helper will pop out of it to manually finish the transaction for you. soranews24.com/2013/03/08…
Burning Man started in 1986 with 35 attendees and free admission. In 2018 the festival drew ~70,000 attendees @ $425 per ticket (+$80 for parking pass). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned of Prawo Jazdy, one of Ireland's most reckless drivers. The Polish man had over 50 tickets issued by the Irish police. Turns out Prawo Jazdy actually means "driving licence" in Polish. irishtimes.com/news/dicti…
As of 2016 the City of New York is owed $16 Million in parking tickets unpaid by diplomats theguardian.com/cities/20…
In 1958 the filmmaker William Castle came up with one of the most famous movie marketing stunts of all time. Upon purchasing a ticket to the Movie "Macabre" you were also given a $1,000 life insurance policy. If you died of fright during the film, the film promised to pay out to your heirs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
In 1998, People would have gone to the movies and paid the full ticket price, only to see "Star Wars (Episode I): The Phantom Menace" trailer, and leave. dorkly.com/post/70899/thi…

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