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While everyone’s packing their bags for Canada, the smart ones will be headed for Finland.

“Why Finland?” you ask. Well, the Finnish government is going to be the first European country to pay the unemployed a basic monthly income of €560 or $587.

This isn’t just done for nothing. This is a social experiment, which aims to “cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment, according to The Guardian.

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The experiment won’t be open to everyone, but rather 2,000 randomly picked citizens who are already on unemployedent. The trial will run for the next two years.

Olli Kangas of KELA, the Finnish governmentt agency responsibly for the program said of the experiment, “It’s highly interesting to see how it makes people behave. Will this lead them to boldly experiment with different kinds of jobs? Or, as some critics claim, make them lazier with the knowledge of getting a basic income without doing anything?”

Either way:

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Next time you buy a lottery ticket, maybe let the machine pick your numbers.

According to TIME, Dante Castillo from NJ swears by his lucky numbers, but it was when a clerk accidentally allowed the machine to generate his ticket that he hit it big. So ask yourself, are your lucky numbers worth $1-million, because his weren't.

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It seems like everyone won in this scenerio. Well, almost. Castillo won the Cash4Life lottery, but he and his wife chose the lump sum of a cool million. The convenient store will get $10,000 bonus from the lottery officials for selling the ticket. And the machine who generated the ticket, nothing. Again, we're just digging our own grave when it comes time for the Great War between man and machine.

So what does this prove? Does luck exist? Why do we hold on to superstitions when it's clear the universe is left up to chance and coincidence? Oh, whatever. This guy lucked out.

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rare pikachu pokemon card sells at auction for more than 50000
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A Pokémon card sold at action for $54,970. That's a lot of money for a Pokémon card. Not that you’re worried that that card might’ve been in that box of Pokémon cards you threw out of your dad’s house last weekend.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Everything’s fine.

The Pokémon card in question, which sold at Heritage Auctions over the weekend, was a super-rare, mint condition “Pokémon Illustrator” card, one of 39. Not that one of the other 38 could’ve been in that box marked “Pokémon Cards and Other Junk” you just tossed out on Sunday.

Just count to ten. Count to ten. It wasn’t in there. It couldn’t’ve been.

Just look real close at it. Holographic of chubby little Pikachu painting a Charmander. Oh, no. That was definitely the card.

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According to Mashable,

“Before you start thumbing through your old Pokémon card collection to see if you have an Illustrator yourself, the card was never in circulation — the 39 cards that exist were handed out as prizes for a three different Pokémon illustration contests held by CoroCoro Comic in the late-‘90s.”

Mashable also translated the card, which honestly, is a huge relief:

"We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokémon Card Illustrator and admire your skill."

Oh. I guess, I should stop frantically calling my dad and finish the article before…

Wow, pretty cool about that card, huh? Hey, who wants to go get some frosty chocolate milkshakes and never talk about this again.

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nyc restaurant old homestead offers 50,000 dollar dinner for thanksgiving
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How much would you pay to argue with your family? $5? $50? $500?

How about $50,000?

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That’s what New York City restaurant Old Homestead is hoping for with their $50,000 Thanksgiving Day meal. This year’s feast, which suffered a $5,000 price increase from last year — inflation, I’m sure — offers “more opulence and decadence than the lobby in Trump Tower,” according to Gothamist. Not even Robin Leach has caviar dreams as rich as this menu.

Gothamist runs down the menu:

A "20-lb roasted free-range, organically raised $85/lb turkeys, seasoned with a proprietary exotic spice mix of spices imported from the Middle East, basted with imported $17/oz extra-virgin olive oil from Italy."

"A rich stuffing - the operative word is rich because it consists of $465/lb imported Japanese prized Wagyu beef, $54/lb foie gras, and $46/loaf sourdough bread imported from the U.K."

"Whipped sweet potatoes topped with $1,600/oz caviar from Caspian Sea."

"Green beans not exactly like the ones the first Pilgrims and Native Americans shared - these are prepared with chunks of imported $90/lb ham from pigs fed a special root diet."

"Homemade pumpkin ice cream with $4,200/bottle rum-infused eggnog sauce.”

Look, a $4,200 bottle of eggnog sauce sounds good until you consider Stovetop Stuffing, a stuffing so good that children all over the neighborhood devise elaborate schemes to get two Stovetop Stuffing dinners. Yeah, Stovetop's pretty good.

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You’re not just getting some special greens filled with pig chunks, though. You also get tickets to a Giants game, a night at the Waldorf (room service and breakfast in bed included), limousine travel, a Fifth Avenue shopping spree, and, as Gothamist puts it, “You'll also be able to punch a carriage horse in the face take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park (which is practically the same thing).”

So, if you’ve got the money, why not consider blowing it on something totally frivolous like this meal. Your fellow Americans will thank you for it.

infographic richest people split new york city
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How much would it cost to buy a city? That's a question usually reserved for Batman villians, but it could be done if the first 12 members of the Forbes' World Billionaire List pooled their money together. 

The folks over at PropertyShark did some math to see how the wealthy dozen could divy up Manhattan. They put their results in the handy infograpic posted below. 

As for the outer boroughs, PropertyShark said: 

"Sprawling Queens would have a record low population density under this scenario, with just the top 3 billionaires – Gates, Ortega and Buffett – having enough zeroes between them to buy the entire borough, for a total value of $192.5B.

As for Brooklyn, it would be the turf of the next 6 billionaires on the Top 10 Richest list, once they put forth a little over $245B to cover the bill. Ranking 4th to 9th on the Forbes list, Carlos Slim Helu, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch could trade in pieces of Manhattan for the entirety of cool Brooklyn."

It's all very cool and very expensive. Fortunately, you don't need to buy the city to enjoy the infographic.  

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woman wins millions casino offers her steak
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Imagine hitting a million-dollar jackpot and finding out that the grand prize was a complimentary hotel dinner? 

That's exactly what happened to Katrina Bookman, a New York woman who won $42.9 million on a slot machine and found out she would be recieving a steak dinner instead of money. Apparently, the machine was broken. But hey, maybe it's a really, really good steak dinner.

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Resorts World Casino in New York, owner of the machine and afforementioned steak dinner, says that they don't have to pay becuase the slot machine malfunctioned. In fact, the machine was offering more money than the machine could even pay out. They weren't ready for the power of the selfie, though. Bookman snapped a quick picture of herself in the happiest moment of her life. Now, she and her lawyer are saying that she's entitled to at least the maximum payout from the machine, roughly $6,500.

"I should win the max," said Bookman. "And I feel like I should treat [the manager] to a steak dinner." 

Please, Katrina, keep your money. Buy yourself two steak dinners. 

The New York State Gaming Commission is siding with the casino, saying that malfunctioning machines void any winnings. The machine even says as much. However, they did not comment on as to whether or not a steak dinner was a comparable prize to $42.9 million. 

money history president Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill
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Originally, the plan was to replace Alexander Hamilton on the ten dollar bill but fans of Hamilton (presumably the man and the musical) protested due to his influence on creating the modern American economy. 

Instead, she will replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill although he will probably still be featured on the back. 

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This issue caused a lot of controversy when British builder Paul Hopkinson originally shared this video on Costa Coffee's Facebook page.  

Responses ranged from angry (and very British) to extremely pragmatic.  Costa coffee themselves also responded to point out that the larger cup has space at the top and if the smaller cup did too that would equal the difference in size AND that the larger cup has two shots of esspresso as opposed to one. 


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As for the engineer's math, we're going to take his word for it and assume that he's solved the mystery of why both cups seem to hold about the same amount of liquid. 

harry potter money Your Old Copy of Harry Potter Might Be Worth $50,000
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It's not that surprising but some old prints of Harry Potter books can net you thousands of dollars if you're willing to part with your childhood reading material. Like with many collectors items, the price varies by edition and rarity.

According to the Independent, the most valuable Harry Potter books are first edition hardcovers of "The Philosopher's Stone" from 1997. In these books JK Rowling was credited as 'Joanne Rowling' and there were only 500 copies made, 300 of which became library books.

A find that that could be worth up to $50,000.


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50 cent bankruptcy 50 Cent Is in Trouble in Bankruptcy Court After Posing on Instagram With Fat Stacks of Cash
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Broke rapper 50 Cent doesn't seem to be as bankrupt as he claims to be. After a few incriminating pictures came to light a judge has ordered him back into court to discuss the lack of transparency during bankruptcy filings. 



Images like this one are what got him in trouble. The amount of money he is able to pose with have raised concerns that he hasn't been truthful about disclosing the amount of money he has. According to the Wall Street Journal, Judge Ann Nevins said, "There’s a purpose of having a bankruptcy process be transparent, and part of that purpose is to inspire confidence in the process."



50 Cent's lawyer claims that all income has been reported and that the social media photos shouldn't be relevant. Still, maybe posting an image that suggests you're hiding thousands on dollars in your fridge wasn't the smartest thing to do while filing for bankruptcy. 

money google Remember the Guy Who Bought Google's Domain Name? Here's How Much He Got Paid for It
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Google, a giant of a company built on the shoulders of the search engine at Google.com some how forgot to renew their Google.com domain name.  That's how Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current grad student came to own the domain at the price of $12. Of course he only owned it for about a minute before returning it to it's previous owners. 



Google offered to reward Ved (pictured above) with $6006.13 (Get it? It spells Google!).  When they found out that he intended to give it all to charity they doubled the amount and sent it to Art of Living India where Ved was going to donate his reward. 

star wars harrison ford salary revealed
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At 73 years old, Harrison Ford stands to make at least $34 million for reprising the role of Han Solo. Ford was paid $25 million up front, and given a 0.5% share of the movie's earnings, meaning when the film hits $2 billion worldwide (it made over $500 million on its opening weekend), he'll get another $9 million. Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher only got $1.5 million to bring back General Organa. 

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Even that's a considerable bit more than what the film's two new stars, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, received; they each only got $450,000 (but do receive a share of the profits once it earns $1 billion globally). If you're keeping track, that means Ford is making 56 times what they are, and 17 times what Carrie Fisher got.

Han Solo is a pretty big deal, but that's still pretty ridiculous. I guess it's a little bit of back-pay for the measly $10,000 he received for the original film.







social media fail Nebraska football player stiffs waitress' tip b/c she trash talked their season
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Nebraska had a disappointing season, ending with a 5-7 record. Husker fans have a lot of feelings about it too. So when Wide Receiver Brandon Reilly went out to eat and encountered a server who wanted to rant about the Huskers, apparently not realizing who was sitting at the table, he decided to leave her that "tip" instead of a monetary one.

Reilly ended up pulling down the tweet after responding to some heated tweets about it.



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Earnings of The Day: How Much do The 10 Richest YouTube Stars Make?

If you can make it through this post without a pang of jealousy, you get an Internet gold star.

Forbes released the list of the highest paid YouTube stars, and some of these creatives make a pretty penny.

Who knew you could make so much money by putting on makeup or yelling at video games?

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Jackpot of the Day: Man Buys $5 Million 'Billy The Kid' Photo at Thrift Store For $2
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This guy just found the "holy grail of Western Americana," and he only paid $2 for it.

Randy Guijarro of Freemont, California purchased a 4x4 tin photograph from an antique shop back in 2010. Little did he know, he was now in possession of the second confirmed image of bandit Billy the Kid.

The photograph shows Bill the Kid playing croquet with a group of his friends. According to a firm specializing in Western Americana, the image could be worth as much as $5 million.

That's what we call a good buy!

Two bank robbers get arrested after posting pictures of themselves with the money. Like idiots.
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Bonny and Clyde, they ain't.

A couple of very smart people bragged about their Aug. 24 Asheville, Ohio bank robbery by posting pictures on social media with the wads of cash they took from the bank tellers.



This is obviously not a smart idea.


According to Sostre News:

Police were helped in their investigation by the clear images showing John Mogan and Ashley Duboe hamming it up with their fortune in greenbacks. Four days after the robbery, they began posting photos of their loot, and one friend complained that Mogan " didn't hook a brother up."

Mogan and Duboe were arrested this week for the August 24 robbery. Police say they gave a note to the teller in the Ashville bank, and walked out with a tall stack of bills. He looks nervous on the surveillance video, but in the days after the heist, they both looked gleeful on their Facebook postings.



Apparently, Morgan had just gotten out of state prison for an earlier bank robbery. He put on make up to disguise his face and neck tattoos. But sadly, nothing could disguise his stupidity.