In 2014, four tenants refused to move out of their homes when developers wanted to create one of the most exclusive residences in Manhattan. Eventually, they all received huge payouts. The last tenant was so savvy and stubborn he received $17 million, plus use of a $2 million residence for life.
During the Great Depression, a prominent attorney flipped $2 (inflation adjusted $31) into $100,000 ($1,500,000). He then proceeded to award the money to the woman who could give birth to the most amount of kids in the following decade.
Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for £45 per year back in 1759.
After 25 years of wondering about a strange dip in the floor beneath his couch, a man in Plymouth, England finally dug down into his home’s foundation and found a medieval well 33 feet deep, along with an old sword hidden deep inside.
Thanks to skyrocketing real estate prices, Manhattan gas stations are worth much more than the money the owner can make selling gas.
The state of New York requires the seller of a house to disclose if they believe their house is haunted.
A woman got her 20 boyfriends to buy her 20 iPhones, then sold them to buy a house.
Millionaire neighbors protested George Lucas’ plans to build a movie studio on his property due to the possibility of increased traffic hurting their quality of life. Lucas got revenge by abandoning the studio project and planning to use his land to build 224 affordable homes.
In 1997 there was a contest to win an exact replica of The Simpson’s house, fully furnished. The winner could keep the home or trade it for $75,000. The winner took the money. The house was stripped of its decor before being sold.
Most post-war homes build in Japan are practically disposable: they have almost no resale value and typically last no longer than 30 years.