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Richest Fictional Characters

Reading Time: 2 minutes Forbes recently compiled its annual list of the worlds richest fictional characters. Among the richest fictional characters are some very well known, and old time favourites, and some fairly recent creations. Some will be instantly recognisable, while others may take a little more reading up on to familiarize yourself with. Much like in the real …

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Donald Sutherland Animal House Salary Cost Him 20 Million Dollars

Reading Time: 2 minutes Actor Donald Sutherland lost an estimated $20 million dollars for his role in Animal House. Not because it was a bad movie, it actually became a popular cult classic. Not because he lost money investing in the movie. Certainly not because he he was swindled for his role by the producers. He was the highest …

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Adidas and Puma Were Owned by Brothers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The multinational shoes, sportswear and clothing manufacturers Adidas and Puma entered this world as one, small company. It didn’t take long for the company to split and enter one of the most bitter business rivalries in recent history. Adidas and Puma as one In 1924 in Herzogenaurach in Germany, two brothers, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler started …

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Nintendo Originally Made Playing Cards

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nintendo, one of the worlds leading game console manufacturers originally made and sold playing cards, but that isn’t all they did. They had a sordid, forgotten past that very few people even know about. Nintendo were involved in illegal gambling, pornography and even prostitution. Their involvement in these activities ran up until the late 1970’s. …

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Apple Co-founder Ronald Wayne Sold His Apple Shares for $800 – Costing Him $35 Billion

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the co-founders of Apple, Ronald Wayne, made perhaps the biggest mistake of his life in 1976. In fact, it was probably one of the biggest financial blunders in history. If it isn’t the worst decision ever, it is up there among them. I can hear a lot of you now asking why? Well, …

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Whitehouse.com Was A Porn Site

Reading Time: 2 minutes Back in the 1990’s, when the internet was still in the warm up phase of its development, there were very few websites around, especially when compared to today. Pretty much the only TLD that anyone used was the .com. So if you wanted to visit a government site, most people would simply type .com at …

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Google First Name Was Backrub

Reading Time: 2 minutes Could you ever imagine the first thing you type into your favorite internet browser being backrub? Didn’t think so, but it nearly happened, and Google being named backrub may have not have resulted in the burgeoning success story it is today. When Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first began work on Google it was …

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Police in India Are Given Moustache Pay

Reading Time: 2 minutes Believe it or not but police in the northern Madhya Pradesh state of India actually get paid an allowance for growing a moustache. Such an allowance may seem bizarre to many, especially from modern western cultures, but there was some logic behind the decision. Moustaches are one of those things that come and go with fads. …

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Abraham Lincoln Had A Confederate Five Dollar Bill In His Wallet

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the night that he was assassinated in Fords Theater, Abraham Lincoln had a confederate five dollar bill in his leather wallet. This is a real oddity for a man who was leading his nation during one if its most difficult periods. Why carry a piece of currency from a belligerent foe? When United States President …

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Confederate Money Wasn’t Real Money, It Was Fake

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s what seems like a silly question to ask. Was Confederate money real or fake? Surely a currency that can be traded among people for goods and services is real, but the unique circumstances of the era proved to suggest otherwise. When the confederate states of America seceded from the Union they required, among other things, …

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