– Imagine if someone got rich off of selling a pet rock.
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So we live in a world now that makes earning money
easier than ever.
With the Internet and other technologies,
we have many more avenues to pursue
other than the traditional nine to five.
But that also means that people who have
hairbrained schemes to get rich can actually
make it happen.
In fact, some people have used the most brilliant
as well as the most insane ways to get rich.
Basically, the following stories are either
going to make you shake your head in disbelief
or ask why you didn’t come up with it yourself
in the first place.
So without further ado, here are 10 unbelievable ways
people got rich.
Number one is the thrift store find.
In 2007, Michael Sparks was browsing through
his local thrift store in Nashville, Tennessee
when a rolled up document caught his eye.
Knowing a thing or two about American history,
he purchased the parchment for $2.48.
Later that week, the document was authenticated
and it was discovered that it was in fact
an original copy of the Declaration of Independence.
He then sold it for $477,000.
Out of the 201 copies that were originally printed
in 1820, only 31 have ever been discovered.
This means that if you’re an American garage sale
hunter, you could possibly find a copy yourself.
Just be careful that you’re not swindled
into buying something that isn’t what they’re
“Excuse me, is this really Thomas Jefferson’s toe nail?”
“Yes, yes it is and it’s only $10.”
Don’t be that guy.
Number two is the million dollar home page.
2005年八月 亚历克斯 图正
In August 2005, as Alex Tu was preparing
for his first year at the University of Nottingham,
he came up with a brilliant idea to help pay
for the cost of his education.
He set up a website, bought the domain,
and laid out an area of one million pixels
and sold them at $1 each.
Ads ranged from online casinos to American brands
如塔吉特公司 甚至是摇滚乐队Tenacious D
like Target and even the rock group Tenacious D.
After putting the final 1,000 blocks on eBay
and earning even more, within five short months,
every single pixel had been sold and two raked in
有两个像素 深呼吸 高达103 7100美元
a whopping, prepare yourself, $1,037,100.
Kind of makes you wonder what you’re doing
with your life, doesn’t it?
Number three is the three million dollar baseball.
Phil Ozersky, a long time Cardinals fan
was attending the final game of the 1998
这场比赛里 马克 麦奎尔
baseball season when Marc Maguire
hit his 70th home run.
同时 棒球联盟中（MLB = major league baseball）
At the time, the MLB was consumed with the homerun
race between Maguire and Sammy Sosa
and the ball that broke the record plopped
right out of the sky into Phil’s hands.
The Cardinal officials knew the value of the ball
and attempted to actually force Phil into handing it over
but he held onto it and not only that, but later
auctioned it off for a whopping three million
Could you imagine the rush that he felt
when it fell in his lap?
“哇 好球 我的天呐”
“Wow, that was a great hit, oh my God!
“这球是我的 走开 不然我咬你”
“This ball is mine, get away, I will bite you.
“I will eat you.”
Number four is the yellow smiley face.
When Harvey Ball first drew the yellow smiley face
back in 1963 for a client of his PR company,
he only charged $45 for the creation.
Unfortunately, he never applied for a trademark
of the copyright for the smiley but two brothers
named Bernard and Murray Spain saw the potential
in it and did just that.
他们一开始用的广告语是“过得开心”（Have a Happy Day）
They attached the phrase, “Have a Happy Day,”
随后改为“祝你天天愉快”（Have a Nice Day）
to it, later changing it to “Have a Nice Day.”
And then began slapping the image on everything
from buttons to sweatshirts, stickers and posters.
The yellow smiley swept America in 1971
and soon the world.
$50 million in revenue was made by the Spain
brothers in just a few short years.
至于哈维 波尔 不管你信不信
As for Harvey Ball, well, believe it or not,
he kept smiling and never made mention
of any regrets.
Never made mention of, which doesn’t mean
that he wasn’t suffering horribly from realizing
that he was stupid, very, very stupid
for not capitalizing on this.
“The yellow smiley, yeah, I invented that.
“Didn’t make any money off of it
“但是 保持微笑 开心每一天哦”
“but, hey, still smiling, happy every day.”
Number five is the right slice of pizza.
In 1994, when the Internet was still
in its infancy, Chris Clark from Maryland
scooped up the domain pizza.com.
Now to him, at best he thought that one day
it might attract him a pizza parlor
for his business consulting company.
He ended up maintaining the domain
for $20 a year for 14 years until one day
in 2008, he put it up for auction with a starting bid
The second that pizza.com was listed for sale,
every single pizza company in the world
went crazy for it and a bidding war ensued.
Chris eventually netted for himself a hot slice
of $2.6 million dollars.
Now that’s thinking ahead, I would hate
to be the company that actually bought that.
That’s a lot of money.
Wait, did I reserve Matthew Santoro.com?
Oh my God.
Number six is the wacky wall walker.
Before Ken Hakuda would become known
以Mr. Fad 被人们悉知之前
as Mr. Fad, an American inventor and television
personality, he was an entrepreneur looking
for his shot at the big time.
His breakthrough came in the mail when his mother
gifted his children some sticky toys from Japan.
Ken found himself fascinated with the toy
and purchased the rights to the product
in 1983 for $5,000.
他最开始拿着这些Wacky Wall Walkers
He began selling them locally in Washington, D.C.
under the name Wacky Wall Walkers and sales
were dismal until a reporter from the Washington Post
also found some appeal in the toy.
The buzz from a single article began one
of the greatest marketing fads of all time.
Within just a few months, more than 240 million
of them were sold, netting Ken around $80 million.
Is that really all it takes is just a single shout out?
Because I’m selling Matthew Santoro bald caps
at five, fifty dollars each.
Fifty bucks if you want to be a wild baldo
just like me.
So, hit me up.
Number seven is the world’s luckiest
Chef Charlie Herrs was the 53rd hire at a tech
start up company and had his interview
above a bicycle shop.
In the interview, they didn’t offer him much.
The salary, in fact, was actually half of what
he was currently earning but there were
health benefits and stock options.
And of course, the owners seemed fun loving
and interesting guys.
So he took the job and after 10 years left the company
with a cool $26 million in his pocket.
What was this company?
The company was Google.
So it just goes to show you, just because
something isn’t popular right now,
doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in it.
Like those bald caps I’m selling, I’m just saying!
Number eight is the pet rock.
You thought I was kidding.
The idea for the pet rock was conceived
by marketing executive Gary Doll in the 1970’s
while he was in a bar with his friends
who were all talking about the difficulties
of keeping up a housepet.
A light went off in his head and he began
selling rocks as hassle free pets.
Complete with a pet training manual
and a cardboard box, fashioned after a pet carrier
each for $3.95 a piece.
And unbelievably, the rocks were an instant hit
and turned into one of the greatest fads of all time.
Gary managed to sell over 1.5 million pet rocks.
Oh, and he did this in only a single year,
netting him $15 million in total.
Damn, it’s that easy?
Um, I will soon have for sale pet ghosts in a jar.
不 不只有空气 里面有一只食尸鬼
No, it’s not just air, there’s ghouls in there
so don’t ever open it ’cause they’ll haunt you.
Okay, don’t open it.
It’s not just air.
鬼魂还有哥布林 看不见的 在罐子里
Ghosts and goblins, invisible, in the jar.
Number nine is the cardboard box queen.
Jane Yen started her own company in 1994
on her savings of only $3,800.
She saw an opportunity with China becoming
a global exporter there would be a large demand
for cardboard boxes.
So she began purchasing paper from America
at low prices and convert it into a higher price
product and sold it back to them at a premium.
Her genius business savvy made her one of the richest
people in China and in 2010, she was the richest
self-made woman billionaire in the world,
holding more than $4.6 billion.
Off of cardboard?
Are you kidding me?
These stories are just making me reevaluate
my whole life.
And number 10 is the serial lottery winner.
Experts state that the chances of winning
four lottery jackpots in a row is more
than one in 18 septillion but for Joan Ginther,
from Las Vegas, the odds seem to always
be in her favor.
On a trip home to Texas where she visited family,
she popped into a lottery store back in 1993
and won $5.4 million in that lottery.
Then she did it again in 2006,
this time winning $2 million.
Then, in 2008, she wins again for $3 million this time.
How can somebody win that many times
啊 等等 她又赢了一次
in a row, oh wait she won again.
In 2010, she won the biggest jackpot yet.
Now naturally, there is a ton of speculation
surrounding Joan’s methods given the fact
that she refuses to speak about her good luck
and also has a PhD from Stanford in mathematics.
There’s a lot of theories out there but obviously
she knows something about statistics that the rest
of us don’t.
Man, I took statistics in university and they never
I feel like I got ripped off.
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