Weird Universe
HOME   |   CONTACT   |   FACEBOOK   |   PINTEREST   |   TWITTER   |   RSS
 

Category:
Money

Cash Cannon

I imagine this is what investment bankers do at parties. Just spray each other with money while laughing maniacally! Available at thecashcannon.com. Real cash not included.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 13, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Money, Outrageous Excess

The Good Old Days of Electronics



image

Sure, it's only 25 inches on the diagonal, with the resolution of an Etch-a-sketch. But look at that wood cabinet!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Money, Technology, Television, 1970's

Cyrus Eaton III, Runaway Scion

We often hear of folks such as "Clark Rockefeller" who are born poor and masquerade as rich people. But what about a fellow born rich who wants to be poor?

image

Original article here.

A picture of Cyrus Eaton III circa the runaway period.

image

No doubt it was hard being the grandson of Cyrus Eaton the First, creator of the family fortune.

Here's Grandpa leading the pack in 1958, with Cyrus the Third appearing as the third child behind Grandpa.

image

Cyrus Eaton the Second followed pretty much in his father's mode, as we learn from the obituary of Cyrus Eaton II.

And guess what else we learn from that obit? Cyrus Eaton the Third has become "Cyrus Wind Dancer." A little googling finds out he now runs a clock repair business in Santa Rosa, CA.

Free from the burdens of wealth at last!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 07, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Family, Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Money, 1950's, 1960's

Groucho Sells Bonds

image

Who would buy anything that Groucho was trying to sell? I can't imagine this campaign moved too many bonds.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 31, 2013 | Comments (15)
Category: Government, Money, Advertising, 1940's

Why the poor are happier than the rich


From the Washington Post - April 30, 1916.

The gist of the article is summed up in the first paragraph:

The poor do not have to worry about what they are going to wear or where they will spend the summer or winter. They have good appetites and enjoy their food when they get it. They lead hard lives and so grow strong and healthy and do not have dyspepsia. They do not have to buy a burial cloth or order a mausoleum. As they have no money to leave, no one is anxious to see them die.

As far as I can tell, the Duke of Manchester (William Montagu), wrote this without a hint of irony or sarcasm. He seemed to genuinely believe that being born rich was a great burden. So it's interesting that he did his best to relieve himself of his riches and become poor. From wikipedia:

Manchester was a notorious spendthrift, and as a result of the excessive spending of both him and the prior two Dukes, the family's fortune (already low) was completely exhausted, culminating in the sale of the family's lands during the tenure of the tenth Duke. He spent much of his life abroad, evading creditors, seeking out wealthy consorts, and attempting to extract money from wealthy acquaintances. He is perhaps most well known in America from the leading case of Hamilton v. Drogo, 150 N.E. 496 (N.Y. 1926), which concerned the establishment of a spendthrift trust for the benefit of the young Duke.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Money, 1910's

Wallet Screams If You Don’t Have The Money

Too bad this is only a prototype -- mass distribution isn't planned. But what a great/terrible idea!!



Not only does it run away if you are out of money, it screams for help if you pick it up. It will also call your mother to tell on you.

The bad news is that when you have money it starts suggesting buying Amazon products as it scoots towards you playing classical music.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Oct 28, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Money

Lottery Tips



"Numbers are very unpredictable....Let's use a little bit of reality..."

Uh, yeah, right, um, just remembered, I left the cat boiling back home--gotta run!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 28, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Outsider Art, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance

Saving Money for the Weak of Willpower

image
image

I like this idea a lot. Why doesn't any bank offer such a plan today?

image

Original ads here (scroll down).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 19, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Money, Psychology, 1900's

The Man Who Owned the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, a dedicated altruistic soul who ran it until his death in 1912.

But he also had to be a canny businessman, and in 1878 he had the entire holdings of the enterprise put into his name as sole proprietor.

image

That paragraph above comes from this Australian newspaper, which state that at time of Booth's death the Australian holdings alone amounted to "over half a million pounds."

I find the figure of £975,000 for worldwide holdings from this 1912 biography of Booth. An online inflation calculator for British pounds figures that sum equals £81,700,000.00 today.

So the selfless General was a multimillionaire when he was Promoted to Glory and passed on the Sally to his son Bramwell.

I can't find any data on when the Booth family gave over control of the Army to some kind of board of directors. I assume they did. Did they?

Does any WU-vie have the answer?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 23, 2013 | Comments (17)
Category: Charities and Philanthropy, Money, 1910's
Page 1 of 4 pages  1 2 3 >  Last »
Custom Search

weird universe thumbnail

This page has been viewed 14840264 times.
All original content in posts is Copyright © 2008 by the author of the post, either Alex Boese ("Alex"), Paul Di Filippo ("Paul"), or Chuck Shepherd ("Chuck"). All rights reserved. The banner illustration at the top of this page is Copyright © 2008 by Rick Altergott.