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TIL that when people attempt suicide and fail, their income increases by an average of 20.6 percent. The more serious the attempt, the larger the boost. “Hard suicide” attempts, in which luck is the only reason the suicide fails, result in a 36.3 percent increase in income.

y7lJ TIL: that in 2008 PEPSI paid a branding company several hundred million dollars to reimagine their logo. The design document that company drafted later leaked onto the internet.
YGWB TIL that “crab mentality” describes selfish, short-sighted thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.”
kOZLe TIL in the 1990s, a Russian mafia and Italian mafia organization participated in a literal money-laundering scheme, washing and bleaching the ink out of US$1 bills and reprinting them as $100s, for use in the post-Soviet bloc countries, where the bills might avoid detection as counterfeits.
9AmG TIL that up until 1933 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were released into the air at the conclusion of the parade and would stay airborne above the city for as long as a week. A return address was stitched in and people who returned them received $100 reward.
6EenY TIL about Bill Baxley, elected Atty. Gen. of Alabama at 29 yrs old in 1970. He reopened the 16th St. Church Bombing case and received a threatening letter from Edward R. Fields, Grand Dragon of the KKK. Baxley’s reply was short & sweet: “My response to your letter of Feb. 19, 1976 is - kiss my ass.”