Business & Industrial

A UK man found a way to earn money off telemarketers who were constantly calling him. In 2011 he set up his own personal 0871 line – so to call him now costs money to the caller. Every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details, he submits it as his contact number.

How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own higher-rate phone number. In November 2011 Lee Beaumont paid £10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line – so to call him now costs 10p, from which he receives …

A UK man found a way to earn money off telemarketers who were constantly calling him. In 2011 he set up his own personal 0871 line – so to call him now costs money to the caller. Every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details, he submits it as his contact number. Read More »

Warren Buffett plans on giving only a small fraction of his weath to his children when he dies, stating “you should leave your children enough so they can do anything, but not enough so they can do nothing.” He instead will donate nearly all of his wealth to charitable foundations.

Warren Buffett Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfɪt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of US$82.5 billion as of March 9, 2019, making …

Warren Buffett plans on giving only a small fraction of his weath to his children when he dies, stating “you should leave your children enough so they can do anything, but not enough so they can do nothing.” He instead will donate nearly all of his wealth to charitable foundations. Read More »

The Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day.

How Japan’s Rail Network Survived the Earthquake The Tohuko Shinkansen bullet trains re-started operations only 49 days after the earthquake had caused this damage. The Tohuko Shinkansen bullet trains re-started operations only 49 days after the earthquake had caused this damage. The number of the people who could not go home on that day in …

The Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day. Read More »

A teenager, Peter Roberts invented a quick-release ratchet. He sold his patent to Sears for $10,000 who said that the invention was not worth very much and then went on to make $44 million selling the ratchet. He sued them for fraud and was awarded $1 million.

Socket set with ratchet A socket wrench is a type of wrench or spanner that has a socket attached at one end, usually used to turn a fastener. The most prevalent form is the ratcheting socket wrench, often informally called a ratchet. A ratcheting socket wrench is the device within a hand tool in which …

A teenager, Peter Roberts invented a quick-release ratchet. He sold his patent to Sears for $10,000 who said that the invention was not worth very much and then went on to make $44 million selling the ratchet. He sued them for fraud and was awarded $1 million. Read More »

There is an FAA regulation called the ‘Sterile Cockpit Rule’, requiring flight crews to only discuss topics pertinent to the safety and operation of the flight below 10,000 feet.

The Sterile Cockpit Rule is an informal name for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation stating that all operators certificate holders shall not require, nor may any flight crewmember perform, any duties during a critical phase of flight except those duties required for the safe operation of the aircraft[1]. The FAA imposed the rule in …

There is an FAA regulation called the ‘Sterile Cockpit Rule’, requiring flight crews to only discuss topics pertinent to the safety and operation of the flight below 10,000 feet. Read More »

In 1972, Neil Armstrong visited the town of Langholm, Scotland. In which he was read a 400 year old law declaring any Armstrong caught in the town should be hanged

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in the second group, which was selected in 1962. During this mission with pilot David Scott, he performed the first docking of …

In 1972, Neil Armstrong visited the town of Langholm, Scotland. In which he was read a 400 year old law declaring any Armstrong caught in the town should be hanged Read More »

A Harvard study found that hiring one highly productive ‘toxic worker’ does more damage to a company’s bottom line than employing several less productive, but more cooperative, workers.

Toxic employees don’t care about a company’s goals, nor do they care about building relationships with co-workers. According to the findings, by avoiding the hiring of a toxic employee, companies will save an average of $12,489 through the avoidance of potential litigation fees and avoiding a reduction in employee morale, among other things. The findings …

A Harvard study found that hiring one highly productive ‘toxic worker’ does more damage to a company’s bottom line than employing several less productive, but more cooperative, workers. Read More »

Chernobyl: first pictures after the nuclear disaster.

The Chernobyl disaster could have been 10x worse and could have affected most of Europe if three volunteer divers didn’t drain a pool to prevent a second explosion.

CORRECTION: This Trumpet article below was based on a 2011 report from The Scotsman, which says the three men died shortly after their foray into the radioactive waters at Chernobyl. However, since this Trumpet article was written, it has come to our attention that the three men did not die as a result of entering …

The Chernobyl disaster could have been 10x worse and could have affected most of Europe if three volunteer divers didn’t drain a pool to prevent a second explosion. Read More »

In 1949 the Costa Rican government abolished their army, stating that the army “would be replaced with an army of teachers.” The country has free universal public education and a literacy rate of 97%.

Costa Rica (/ˌkɒstə ˈriːkə/ (listen); Spanish: [ˈkosta ˈrika]; literally “Rich Coast”), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south …

In 1949 the Costa Rican government abolished their army, stating that the army “would be replaced with an army of teachers.” The country has free universal public education and a literacy rate of 97%. Read More »

In 1784 Great Britain imposed a tax on bricks to pay for the war in America. In response, people starting using larger bricks, and buildings can be dated based on the brick size

Bricks were initially taxed at 2s 6d per thousand.[1] To mitigate the effects of the tax, manufacturers began to increase the size of their bricks. Hearth tax Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brick_tax?rp Brick tax Wilkes’ Gobs oversize bricks in the wall of former Ashby Canal warehouse alongside modern bricks of bridge parapet, High Street, Measham. The brick tax …

In 1784 Great Britain imposed a tax on bricks to pay for the war in America. In response, people starting using larger bricks, and buildings can be dated based on the brick size Read More »