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What is the silliest thing somebody's gotten rich for?

3 years ago by Quietrabbit with 6 comments

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  • MyAnacondaDoes
    +4

    Hands down, pet rocks. It's a rock with just googly eyes on it, in a box. 15 million dollar idea, right here.

    • Boudicca
      +3

      As soon as I saw the title- Pet Rocks came to mind what a brilliantly simple idea.

      The other one was Sea Monkeys-a marketing stroke of genius that bitterly disappointed a generation of kids

  • tehdiplomat
    +2

    How about that lady who sued McDonald's because her coffee was "too hot"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald%27s_Restaurants

    • joethebob
      +5

      Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent. She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. During this period, Liebeck lost 20 pounds (9 kg, nearly 20% of her body weight), reducing her to 83 pounds (38 kg). After the hospital stay, Liebeck was cared for 3 weeks by her daughter. Liebeck suffered permanent disfigurement after the incident and was partially disabled for up to two years afterwards.

      The story sounds much less serious than it actually was.

    • rosellem
      +2

      but the parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount less than $600,000

      After legal fees, she probably got a few hundred grand. Not exactly rich.

  • Wenjarich
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    Power bands. Peice of plastic bracelet (like the wwjd bands), with a hologram sticker on it and pluses down the one side and minuses down the other. Must have been selling them for something like 10 000% markup with the amount they were selling them at. Sold millions of them too. It's one of those things I would stare in disbelief when I realised someone bought one.