Facebook paid only .3 percent tax on over $1b foreign profit using a tactic called the “Double Irish.” A number of companies (including Apple, Google, and Microsoft) do this. Sometimes you see it referred to as the “Double Dutch Irish”. Here’s a good graphic that demonstrates how it works.
Pepsi ran an advertisement promising a Harrier jet to anyone who collected 7,000,000 Pepsi Points, a gag that backfired when a participant attempted to take advantage of the ability to buy additional points for 10 cents each to claim a jet for $700,000.
When adjusted for inflation, the Dutch East India Company would be valued at about $7.4 trillion if it were still in business today, making it the most valuable company in history.
Google confirmed in that Bing was copying Google’s search results. They did it by intentionally manipulating obscure search results in Google and watching as Bing began to return the same results.
In Japan there is a family that has run the same hotel for nearly 1,300 years . . . or 46 generations.
A teen secretly lived in AOL’s HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using gym & showers, sleeping in conference rooms while working on his start-up. Everyone assumed he worked there.
There is a company, named Maximum Performance, that creates fake poop for testing new toilet designs.
Your employer, even a past employer, can profit from your death by secretly taking out a huge life insurance policy on you without your knowledge. Millions of such policies were okayed by Congress in 2006.