- 90% of the world’s millionaires became rich thanks to real estate. (The College Investor)
- Secret oil rigs are hidden inside Los Angeles high-rise office towers and industrial buildings. (Los Angeles Magazine)
- The Empire State Building makes more money from its Observation Deck ticket sales than it does from office space rent. (Theuijunkie.com)
- The Los Angeles Hollywood sign was originally a real estate sales promotion. (hollywoodsign.org)
- You could buy a mail-order house from Sears in the early 1900s. Many still ordered them up to the 1900s. Some experts estimate 70% of the Sears houses are still standing today. (NPR)
- In Mumbai, the Antilia is a private residence measuring 27 stories tall. (Guinness World Records)
- Fans of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad” still drive by and throw pizzas on the roof of featured character Walter White’s house. ( tvovermind.com )
- There’s a company that specializes in building secret rooms and hidden passages. One is so complex it requires a chess board played in a certain combination to unlock it. (Creative Home Engineering)
- Scottish homeowners have a common custom of painting their front door red to indicate they’ve paid off their mortgage. (Homes MSP)
- Individual real estate investors account for 74.4% of rental properties in the US. (US Census Bureau)
- Zillow is the most popular real estate marketplace in the US (The Most Expensive Homes)
- In the business world, McDonald’s is considered a real estate company thanks to its franchises paying rent. ( 1851franchise.com )
- There’s a secret apartment in the top of the Eiffel Tower. (architecturaldigest.com)
- Nearly half the homes in Japan are torn down after 30 years of being built. So much for buying a historic home there. (the guardian.com)
- Blogger Kyle McDonald bought a home for a paperclip by bargaining his way up with fourteen trade – first a paperclip for a pen, then a doorknob, and so on and so on until he worked his way up to a house. (TedxVienna Talk)
- The world’s largest treehouse had over 80 rooms, up to five stories, and took the builder over 14 years to build. Unfortunately it recently burned to the ground in less than 15 minutes. (architecturaldigest.com)
- Austin, Texas, is the top commercial real estate market in the US. (CSRE)
- There is a Dutch-made machine that transforms concrete rubble into Lego-like building blocks that allow victims of war or natural disasters to construct their own new, earthquake resistant houses. (Smithsonian Magazine)
- There are more single female homeowners in the US than single male homeowners. (Lending Tree)
- The average homeowner is likely to move 12 times in their lifetime. (Steinway)
- The most expensive residence in the world is Buckingham Palace, England. (Investopedia)
- 79% of Americans consider owning a home one of the greatest goals to achieve. (Bankrate) (And I intend to help as many as I can find the home of their dreams.)
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America was in 1737 hosted by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. The second was established in 1780 by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Philadelphia.
The Harp is the official Emblem of Ireland, not the Shamrock. The handheld Harp was played by our Celtic Forefathers.
Over 40% of the United States Presidents had Irish ancestors. Including Obama.
Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
The dot over the letter I is called a “tittle”.
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
The ’spot’ on 7-UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.
On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system; a few ounces
will kill a small sized dog.
Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the
shark’s stom ach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’
because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual
letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of
the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the
other at the same time … hence, multi-tasking was invented.)
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War
II were made of wood.
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was
never a recorded Wendy before!
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years
to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go
mad and sting itself to death.
The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was a
Captain Kirk mask painted white.
If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you
have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without
being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English
law,which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider
than your thumb (sign of a true civilized society … not.)
The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player
for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market
was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the
same with apples! (Guess what I’m buying on my next trip to the grocery store?)
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most
often stolen from Public Libraries.
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink
in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)