Take five minutes, go make yourself a cuppa and have some fun looking at some funny and wacky things we have gathered about money, finance, wealth and much more.
Phony Flashbacks from the Fuhrer
A chance to get an insight into the mind of an evil genius seemed too good to miss back in 1983, when diaries by none other than Hitler himself came to light. Purportedly written between 1933 and 1945, the journals containing the Fuhrer’s musings had been taken out of the ruins of Berlin in the chaos at the end of the war, but the plane crashed. The diaries, along with other invaluable historical papers, were later found decades later in an East German hayloft.
There was some skepticism, as you’d expect, but the diaries were authenticated, by comparing the script to surviving samples of Hitler’s handwriting. The German magazine Stern paid $2.3 million for the diaries, plus a previously unknown third volume of Mein Kampf. Stern quickly starting serializing the diaries and other publications followed suit. Even London’s venerable Sunday Times bought publication rights, after highly experienced Hitler expert Hugh Trevor-Roper verified that the diaries were indeed Adolf’s own work.
All the experts agreed that the handwriting matched Hitler’s and that the same person composed all the journals. The second part was true, but to the embarrassment of many, the author was not the Fuhrer. The diaries were in fact written by Konrad Kujau, who’d also conned a few people selling them what he claimed were Hitler’s paintings, as well as the gun Hitler used to end it all back in 1945. Kujau carefully forged the German leader’s handwriting in all 62 volumes, even staining the odd page here and there with tea, to make it appear more realistic. Kujau certainly made a lot of money from the Fuhrer’s fanciful recollections, but spent three years in jail, before becoming a minor celebrity in Germany. He died in 2000, aged 62.
It would be hard to watch the fat sweaty faces that featured in the 1970s TV series The Comedians and think 'one day those blokes will be the richest people in the country'. But in the last few years, comedy has taken a monumentally wild turn. Now the top stand-ups earn more than rock stars, actors and footballers. They play enormous stadiums and sell millions of DVDs and, if they have any sense, keep most of that loot for themselves. Plus there's the inevitable call from Hollywood, the merchandising tie-ins, panel show appearances and advertising. But there's an enormous gap from what the top earners rake in and the take home pay of the lowliest beginner.
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Sex sells. Sexy sells better. Perhaps no man has exemplified this more than the great Harry Gordon Selfridge. A man of boundless vision, ambition and energy, his pure love of commerce and his undeniable ability to spot the flaws and revolutionise the world of shopping, changed the way we buy forever. But that same drive, when left unchecked, led to a spectacular unravelling of the fortune he had acquired and a pitiful end to a remarkable life.
History is littered with riches-to-rags tales of celebrities and artists who recklessly spent their fortunes on their extravagant lifestyles and were left with nothing when the flame stopped flickering. It’s also full of cases in which people only achieved fame and financial success posthumously, earning millions after their deaths but still dying penniless and in relative obscurity. Here’s a look at ten of the most shocking and depressing fame casualties. Easy come, easy go, as the saying goes…
OK so just a few days ago we got wind of something pretty strange that was going on that we just had to share with you all. Well every primary school kid knows what bartering is, you know I’ll swap this toy car for a bag of marbles and your Pokémon sticker collection etc. I guess most of us stop doing this after school but not a crazy American called Josh.
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