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Portrait of the Artist as an Indigent Young Man
At the age of twenty-two, James Joyce was asked what he was thinking about when C. P. Curran had photographed him. "I was wondering," Joyce replied, "would he lend me five shillings."
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Young Bill Gates' First Business Contract
William H. Gates III had business on his mind from the very beginning. One day when he was ten years old, Gates drew up a contract—giving him unlimited access to his older sister's baseball mitt.
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Ray Kroc's Surprise Visit To A Local Mcdonald's
One day while driving through Southern California, McDonald's chief Ray Kroc reportedly paid a "surprise visit" to one of the company's restaurants. When he arrived, Kroc was annoyed to find employees rolling out a red carpet to welcome him. What could have tipped his employees off? Perhaps... Kroc's arrival in an 80,000 limousine. When a friend teased him about the incident, Kroc called the story utter nonsense, but added, "It was a $40,000 limousine.* Only an idiot would pay $80,000 for a car." * In any case, a lot of money in the '60s or '70's when this took place.
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H. L. Mencken asks Joseph Conrad for a story
As editor of The Smart Set, H. L. Mencken took Joseph Conrad under his wing at a time when he was virtually unknown in America. Years later, when Conrad had established himself as a writer, Mencken wrote to him asking for a story, noting the magazine's tight budget. Many weeks passed with no word. Finally, Conrad's agent wrote to say that Mencken could have his story—for 0. "For 0," Mencken replied, "you can haveThe Smart Set!"
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Balzac finds a thief
One night, a thief who had broken into Balzac's tiny apartment to pick the lock on his desk, was suddenly startled by a burst of laughter from the bed, where Balzac, wide awake, lay watching him. "Why do you laugh?" the thief enquired. "I am laughing to think what risks you take to try to find money in a desk by night," Balzac explained, "where the legal owner can never find any by day!"
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Bobby Bonilla - first game against Pittsburgh
On December 2, 1991, Bobby Bonilla signed a million, five-year deal with the New York Mets—a deal which briefly made Bonilla the highest paid player in professional baseball. Still, Bonilla's first year with the Mets was very difficult. During his first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (the team which he had left to join the Mets), he was booed by the Pirates fans. Then a golf ball thrown from the stands hit him in the head. And the topper? As he went back to the dugout to get a helmet, he noticed that the Pirates' organist was playing a curious song. Its title? "Take the Money and Run!"[Though he 'tried to give them 29 million reasons why I should get ...
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How Balzac's Poverty Cost Him Money
A Parisian bookseller, having pegged author Honore de Balzac as a promising young writer, decided to offer him 3,000 francs for his next novel. When he discovered that Balzac's address situated him in a squalid quarter of the city, he dropped his price to 2,000 francs. When, visiting the writer's home, he saw that Balzac was living on the top floor, his offer dropped to 1,500 francs. Finally, he entered Balzac's garret, where he found the man dipping a stale roll in a glass of water—whereupon he dropped his price to 300 francs.  The manuscript in question? La derniere fee (1823).  Perhaps unsurprisingly, Balzac was so poor while writing La Comédie Humaine that he had to lock himself up in ...
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Zeb Kendall - Good Day At The Races?
Nevada State Senator Zeb Kendall was a fixture at California race tracks and was highly respected for his knowledge of horse racing. After visiting the Bay Meadows Race Track one day, he returned to his apartment at San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel. As he was late for dinner, to placate his angry wife, Kendall opened his bag and displayed $80,000 worth of gold and bank notes which he had won that afternoon. Mrs. Kendall response was not what he expected. She grabbed Kendall's bag, went to an open window, and emptied its contents into the street below. [The hotel attendants recovered most of the money.]
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Louise Brooks - sleep disturbance
Louise Brooks was famous in Hollywood for her love of sleep—indeed "Twelve hours a day keeps the doctor away" was said to be her motto. On one occasion, during the filming of Beggars of Life (1928)..."Louise was sojourning in a hotel room in Jacumba, California, which opened upon the dancing pavilion."It was the first night and the band played mercilessly—while the natives danced. Louise stood it ten minutes, then went to the window and called the band master. 'How much do you take in here?' she demanded."'Ten dollars—on good nights,' was the answer."'I'll give you fifteen if you'll fold up your horns and beat it.' Louise waved the bills before him. Without a word, the leader reached for the bills, ...
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Mark Twain & The Babbling Fundraiser
Mark Twain once attended a meeting at which one of the speakers was raising money. Twain, deeming the cause a worthy one, decided to donate $40. As the speaker droned on, however, he decided to cut his contribution in half. With no end in sight, Twain cut his intended offer again, to $10. Eventually, a collection basket was passed around. When it finally reached him, Twain removed a dollar and passed it along.