In feudal Japan, merchants were the lowest class because unlike farmers and artisans, they don’t actually produce anything.
A man who had half of his body amputated after being run over by a truck opened his own bargain supermarket, called the Half Man-Half Price Store.
The Coca-Cola Company once tested a vending machine that raised prices in hot weather. This was back in 1999, when the Coca-Cola Company got the idea that people would be willing to pay a higher price for a nice cold drink when the weather is hot. Thus they developed and tested a vending machine that allowed them to test that idea. This technology would have also allowed vending machines to lower prices during times of low traffic in order to boost sales. But this special vending machine never did get released anywhere for unknown reasons.
When slaves were freed in the USA, some towns in the south would arrest young black men for not having a job and then sell them to corporations like US Steel as slaves for the duration of their sentence.
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.