Have you ever wanted to make some extra cash? How about 10 TIMES more than you usually make? It sounds like a pipe dream, but it’s not! Read this article to find out how people made money in our most ridiculous stories.
1. A Fake Boat Trip
In 2006, a man named Edouard de Montjoye took a group of tourists on a boat trip in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the trip was not what it seemed. De Montjoye was actually taking the tourists on a fake boat trip. He had rented a boat and hired a captain to take the tourists around for a day. However, the captain was not real and the boat was not seaworthy.
De Montjoye charged the tourists $5,000 for the trip. He made over $200,000 from the fake boat trip before he was caught.
2. A Family’s Lottery Win
In 2017, a family from Massachusetts won the lottery. They won $758 million, the largest jackpot in history at the time. The family chose to remain anonymous, but they did say that they planned to use the money to help their community.
The family’s story is an incredible example of how people can make money in very strange ways. While most people will never win the lottery, this family’s story shows that it is possible to make a lot of money in unexpected ways.
3. Selling a Photo of a Monkey For $25,000
In 2011, a man named David Slater was on a trip to Indonesia when he came across a group of crested black macaques. He managed to get some great photos of the animals, including one of a female macaques that he nicknamed ‘Monkey selfie.’
The photo went viral and ended up being published in numerous publications, including Time Magazine. However, when Slater tried to sell the photo, he found that many companies were unwilling to pay for it because they believed that the animal had taken the photo itself and thus it should be considered public domain.
In 2014, Slater decided to take legal action against Wikimedia, the company that hosts Wikipedia. He argued that the photo was his property and that he should be compensated for its use. After a lengthy legal battle, Wikimedia agreed to pay Slater $25,000 for the use of the photo.
This story goes to show that you can make money in very strange ways if you’re willing to fight for what you believe in!
4. A Chinese millionaire offered $0.80 cans of fresh air and sold 8 million cans in just 10 days.
Chen Guangbiao, a recycling entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmental activist who is also one of China’s wealthiest individuals, is noted for his unusual humanitarian activities. He chose to promote public awareness as Beijing’s air pollution became increasingly dangerous, leading in a surge in respiratory diseases. As a result, he began selling fresh air cans in January, claiming that “if we don’t act in the next 10 years, our successors would have to carry oxygen tanks and wear masks all the time.”
5. Get Out of a Parking Ticket by Becoming a Cop’s Side Kick
In some cities, if you get a parking ticket, you can pay to have someone else fight it for you. In Chicago, this service costs around $500. But one man found a way to get out of his parking ticket without spending a dime.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, dressed up as a superhero and waited near the cop who had issued him the ticket. When the cop saw the man in costume, he asked if he could take a picture with him. The man agreed and even offered to be the cop’s sidekick for the day.
The cop was so amused by the man’s offer that he tore up the parking ticket and let him go. The man went on his way, feeling like he’d just made a few hundred dollars in a very strange way.
6. Hosting an Underground Fight Club
In the early 2000s, a man in New York City made money by hosting an underground fight club. The fights took place in a secret location, and only a select few people knew about them. The man charged people to watch the fights, and he also sold tickets to people who wanted to bet on the outcome of the fights.
The man made a lot of money from hosting the fight club. However, it was eventually shut down by the authorities.
7. Speed Dating at the Museum
In 2008, the British Museum held a speed-dating event for singles ages 21 to 35. The event was called ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ after the book by Gabriel García Márquez. Attendees were able to view the museum’s collections and then go on three-minute dates with other singles.
The event was a huge success, with over 200 people attending. It was so popular that the museum decided to hold another one in 2009. This time, the event was called ‘Love in the Time of Shakespeare.’ again, it was a big success, with over 300 people attending.
Since then, other museums around the world have started holding their own speed-dating events. It’s a great way to meet new people and see some of the world’s most famous artifacts at the same time!
8. A Windowless Studio in New York City
In 2006, a woman in New York City rented out a windowless studio apartment for $200 per night. The studio was located in a busy area of the city and did not have any windows. Despite this, the woman was able to make a lot of money by renting out the studio to people who wanted to experience what it was like to live in a windowless room.
9. A Room with a View of an Airplane Graveyard
10. An Entire House Made of Ice
In 2009, a family in Sweden built an entire house made of ice. They used blocks of ice from a local lake to build the walls and ceiling of the house. They also used ice to create furniture, including chairs, tables, and beds. The family charged people to stay in the house overnight and made a lot of money.