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Million Dollar Homepage


The homepage sells 1,000,000 pixels at a dollar a piece. Many people agreed the idea was dumb but that didn’t stop then 21-year old Alex Tew in 2005 who wanted to raise money for his university education. Today, Alex is a millionaire and his website is still up and running and making money.

Doggles


These guys sell goggles for dogs. This revolutionary (sure, sure) eye protection for pooches is perfect for road trips, beach days, or for sporting a dashing eye-wear while hunting for favorite poop spot at the park. Doggles have become a major hit that they’ve been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, among many others.

Pet Rock


If you think Doggles are crazy, then brace yourselves because there exists something even crazier – pet rock. In 1975, Gary Dahl convinced millions of people that his idea was a stroke of genius, earning him a whopping $15 million.

Rent A Chicken


Who would want to rent a chicken for $350? Urban farmers, that’s who. Apparently, there’s a huge market for chicken renters in urban farming. The farmers rent the chicken to see if raising chickens work for them.

Santa Mail


Every letter costs $10 and is signed and sent from the North Pole. Founder Byron Reese didn’t let the rain of “that’s a bizarre idea” stop him from sending out at least 200,000 letters throughout the course of his career. He’s a million dollars richer now.

Antenna Balls


If you think there aren’t enough people who are interested in antenna balls, you’re wrong. Jason Wall’s antenna balls sold like hot pancakes with a side of bacon on a Sunday morning. He’s a millionaire now, too.

Fit Deck


Fit Deck’s head honcho, Phil Black (a former Navy SEAL) cashed in $5,000,000 for combining 2 things that many people love (apparently) – working out and playing cards.

Lucky Wishbone


Ken Ahroni believed so much in wishbones that he actually turned it into a money-making machine. His company, Lucky Wishbone Co., produces 30,000 wishbones daily. In 2006, his sales hit over one million dollars.

Reserve A Spot In Heaven


Not all of us would agree of heaven’s existence. But just in case it really does exist, you can now reserve a spot in paradise for $15.

Anger Room


Want to break things? Go for it! At the Anger Room, you simply pick up a blunt instrument of your choice and smash furniture and things to your heart’s content. You’ll be charged $25 for every 5 minutes.

Sympathy Food delivery service


Former funeral director David Storke believes flowers aren’t enough to give those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. So he created Sympathy Food delivery service. It totally makes sense.

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In a way, all wars are stupid—but none was stupider than the Battle of Zappolino that was waged over a silly wooden bucket.

The War of the Oaken Bucket, as it is popularly known, was fought in 1325 between the rival city-states of Bologna and Modena in Italy. It started when a group of Modenese soldiers sneaked into Bologna and stole an oak bucket used to draw water from a well located in the center of the city. While the bucket itself held no historic or sentimental value, the affront hurt Bologna’s pride, and the humiliated Bolognese demanded the bucket be returned. The Modenese refused which outraged the Bolognese and war was declared upon them.


Bologna mustered a huge army of 30,000 foot soldiers and 2,000 cavaliers, and marched them towards the battlefield located near what is now the commune of Zappolino. Facing them was a puny army consisting of only 5,000 men and 2,000 cavalier that Modena managed to assemble. The Modenese also found themselves awkwardly scattered in the plains with their enemy, the Bolognese, holding the high grounds in the surrounding hills.

Despite being outnumbered nearly six-to-one and practically surrounded by the enemy, Modena’s army fought bravely and in just a matter of hours the battle was over—with the Bolognese taking to their heels and the Modenese chasing behind. The Modenese army not only chased the humiliated Bolognese all the way to Bologna, they actually managed to break through the city gates and destroyed several castles and a sluice lock on the Reno river thus depriving the city of water. At this point, Modena’s army could well have sieged the city but they chose not to. Instead, they decided to humiliate their enemy. So right outside the city gates, Modena’s men taunted their vanquished foes by organizing a mock palio—a sort of mediaeval athletic event—commemorating “those sent out on the expedition and the eternal shame of Bologna.” As if the Bolognese weren’t shamed enough, before returning to Modena, the men stole a second bucket taking it from a well outside one of the city’s gates.

Approximately 2,000 men lost their lives in this ridiculous and totally avoidable skirmish.


But what happened that day was the culmination of a long-standing feud between two warring factions in northern Italy—the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, which were on the opposing sides of an even larger power struggle between the Vatican and the Holy Roman Empire for political control of medieval Europe. The two sides frequently clashed with each other in many of the northern Italian cities, and the rivalry between the two factions went beyond politics. Perhaps the most famous Guelph-Ghibelline conflict of all is the feud between the fictional families of Montague and Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Following the war, the two parties agreed to peace and Modena returned a couple of properties it had previously captured from Bologna, as a gesture of good will. But the bucket? That was never returned.

To this day the city of Modena holds it in the basement of Torre della Ghirlandina. Now a replica of the original pail is visible in Modena's Town Hall.

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