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Do Not Tick Off Granny

An elderly Austrian Grandmother spent her final days shredding over a million dollars to keep her heirs from inheriting the money. I guess they shouldn't have put her in a nursing home. Go Granny!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Dec 30, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Money, Elderly

Changed name for fortune

1954: Grizel Thomson changed her last name to Inge, and as a result inherited $3,500,000. In 2015 money, according to the inflation calculator, that would be about $30 million. Not bad for a name change.

I can't find any recent info about the Inge fortune, and whether possession of that last name is still required to get the money.

Kansas City Times - Jan 29, 1954

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 28, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Money, 1950's



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Further suggestions welcome.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 20, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Money, Scary Criminals, Women

Spocking The 5

Its not illegal to deface money in Canada. The banks do not like it but the trekkies up north don't care! Live long and prosper ay.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Futurism, Money

Debtor’s Revenge

In my latest article, I explore the phenomenon of Debtor's Revenge — when debtors decide to get even by paying fines with pennies. Though it's not always pennies. Might be $1 bills, or some other form of deviousness intended to spite the debt collector. There were so many examples of this that I could easily have made the article 10x as long as it was. Also might have mentioned that, if I remember correctly, Chuck once declared this phenomenon "no longer weird."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 30, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Money, Alex

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter


Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.


Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia

Fat Cat


Maybe Chuck has deemed "animals inherit estate" stories NO LONGER WEIRD. But such was not the case in 1966.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Cats, 1960's

Cash Cannon

I imagine this is what investment bankers do at parties. Just spray each other with money while laughing maniacally! Available at 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


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?


Original article here.

A picture of Cyrus Eaton III circa the runaway period.


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.


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
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