In 1994, Bill Gates bought the Codex Leicester, one of the notebooks left by Leonardo da Vinci. The price? $30.8 million. Gates explained that he bought it because he has always been amazed by Leonardo and how he worked out so much science on his own and understood things that other scientists didn't at the time.
When Windows Vista was launched, the British Library launched a website that let people browse through virtual versions of two Leonardo da Vinci notebooks. One of them was the one that Gates bought.
Seems like a good use of your personal wealth to make humanity better and promote your products at the same time!
If you're in the market for a full-flavored beer, but don't want a beer belly? Guinness might be your best bet. Although it's very dark colored and has a full flavor, a 12-ounce glass has, on average, 25 less calories than most full flavored beers.
Not just that, it also contains small quantities of nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphates, fiber and even some vitamins! A Wisconsin study also found that it has antioxidants and might even protect the heart.
That said, alcohol is still mostly empty calories at the end of the day. Alcohol can be a not-terrible part of your diet if you consume in moderation.
Russell Brand has a bad rep for being kind of a dick, but it seems like he has a much softer heart than most people realize. He has been spotted taking homeless people out for breakfast several times.
One time he was seen eating with a group of homeless people at a Café in West Hollywood. Another time, he was seen giving a man a shirt so he could be protected from the heat and sun. Yet another time, he was seen taking someone to an Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Whatever you think of him, that's pretty classy!
This is a great example of good corporate sense of humor (or dickery, depending on your point of view). Here's what happened: Google sent one of it's trademark Street View cars to take pictures in Sweden. When Fiat realized this, they decided to have some fun with it.
They sent a brand new Fiat 500 to trail the Google Street View car. It drove about 30 miles from Stockholm to park the car right in front of the Volkswagen headquarters in Sodertalje, Sweden.
If you search " Volkswagen Group Sverige AB, Sodertalje, Sweden," in Google Maps, you'll see the little Fiat car parked right under the Volkswagen sign.
Being a tattle-tale pays if we're talking about turning in tax cheaters to the IRS. It's no secret that the US tax system is complicated and messed up in more ways than one. The large amount of rules, regulations, exemptions and loopholes makes it easy for people to cheat by paying less than what they owe.
That's why, since 2006, the IRS instituted a new whistle-blower program to strengthen then one that has existed for years. If you are an informant in a tax cheating case, they will give you a minimum of 15%, and a maximum of 30% of the amount they collect!
There are some stipulations: The total amount disputed has to be at least $2 million, and if it's an individual, their income must exceed $200,000. Either way, it's a great incentive to keep people honest.