The 7,690 square-foot house that supposedly started the phrase, "Keeping up with the Jonses" sold at auction recently...for a meager $120,000! The run-down mansion is located in Rhinebeck, NY and was originally a summer home to socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones of NYC in the mid-1800s. Reportedly, the home was so ornate and over-the-top that neighbors began building bigger and more lavish homes in an effort to "keep up."
I guess it's easier to keep up with the Jonses than we thought!
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was a depression-era gangster who was involved in many violent bank robberies, often armed with a machine gun.
So how did this man become viewed in a positive light by the public?
He often destroyed the mortgage papers at the banks he robbed, freeing those people from their debt, since back then this was often the only record of the debt owed. He was known to target banks who were foreclosing on poor farmers. It's no wonder the public often protected him! It is estimated that 30-40 thousand people crowded into the cemetery when he was buried to bid their final good-byes.
Google uses WHAT to mow its fields?
Believe it or not, Google rents goats to get their lawn mowed! At their Mountain View headquarters in California, a herder brings in about 200 goats to "mow" the fields. It takes the goats about a week to both mow and fertilize the grass. It is a much more eco-friendly (and cute!) approach to getting the job done, and it costs about the same amount as hiring someone to mow the fields. Sounds like a win-win situation...no "kid"ding!
He traded a paperclip for what???
Kyle MacDonald started with a red paper clip and eventually traded his way up to a house! His first trade was the red paper clip for a fish-shaped pen in July of 2005. In less than a year, and 14 trades later, he traded a film role for a two-story house in Saskatchewan!
What do you think of his trades? Here's a timeline:
Now that's impressive!
What do Ancient Hebrews, Einstein, and Feng Shui have in common?
Red front doors!
A red front door has symbolized many things throughout history:
So if a red door means safety, good luck, no mortgage, and will ensure you can always spot your house...are you ready to paint your front door red yet?
(If you have a red front door, we'd love to see you post a picture of it in the comments section below!)
Why shouldn't you change out your brass doorknobs?
Although brass doorknobs have fallen out of demand lately, they do carry an interesting (and healthy) benefit! It's called the oligodynamic effect: the ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs. Imagine a doorknob that disinfects itself within 8 hours! Other such materials include copper, iron, lead and silver; on the other hand, aluminum and stainless steel have no such effect.