From 1995 to 2000, the winner of the McDonald’s Monopoly grand prize was an insider tasked with producing the game pieces.
Couples who spent $1,000 or less were 53% less likely to get divorced, while couples whose weddings cost over $20,000 had divorce rates 43% higher than average. Weddings attended by more than 200 people were 92% less likely to get divorced.
A man was given a 13 year sentence for armed robbery in the year 2000, but the state of Missouri forgot to put him in prison. They only noticed in 2013, 13 years later, when it came time for his ‘release’.
An Australian man wearing a nylon jacket and wool shirt built up 40,000 volts of static electricity, resulting in burned carpets, melted plastic, and a massive evacuation.
‘Smokers Express’ was an idea for a smokers airline. They would’ve encouraged smoking with free cigarettes, full-size ashtrays, free headsets, serving hamburgers, pizzas and steaks. It never took off.
CBS is not officially authorized to broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2012 Macy’s rerouted the parade to make it more difficult for CBS to broadcast.
In a secret 1960 operation, the CIA stole the Russian satellite Lunik overnight completely disassembling, examining, and reassembling it within 12 hours, and returned it in the morning without the Russians knowing – possibly changing the outcome of the space race.
Osama Bin Laden’s relatives own a massive construction business. The company is not currently allowed to take on new contracts because of a massive crane collapse that killed 118 on September 11, 2015.
62.1% of bankruptcies in the US are due to medical bills. Most medical debtors were well educated and middle class; three quarters had health insurance. Unaffordable medical bills and income shortfalls due to illness were common causes.