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.
In 2012 a scientific study predicted a 39 inch rise in sea level along the North Carolina coast over the next century. In response, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law banning the use of scientific predictions of sea level rise when considering new developments along the coast.
in 2010 a couple purchased the town of ‘Wauconda’, in Washington, for just $360,000. It came with a café, a gas station, a post office, a four-bedroom house and their own zip code.
Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings – including castles, houses, and towers – in a bid to boost ‘slow tourism’ and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centers. To get your hands on the sites, you need to have a clear plan of how they’d be transformed into a tourist facility. Successful applicants will get the rights to the property for nine years, with the option to renew the contract for a further nine. And entrepreneurs with a proposal for turning the sites into a tourist facility could be given a 50-year lease in some cases.