Everyone has wondered what they would spend the money on if they hit the lottery jackpot. Of course we would all sort our family out and fix any personal financial issues, of course we would take our mates on vacation, of course we would invest in some health fixes. But what about the left over cash? What about those crazy things you always wanted to do! Well some lottery winners really have gone hog wild with their money and The Richest put together a list of 5 of the strangest ways people have spent their cash.
Here are the 5 they came up with:
5. Robert Erb: Donated money to causes he believed in….including legalizing pot
4. The 19-year-old who blew his winnings on a sexy wrestling show
3. The man who built a $200 000 water park
2. The Florida senior who paid $2 million to fix up her old school.
1. The man who gave $40 000 000 away to charity.
Details about each one can be seen here.
As fun as the list is I don’t actually think they are that crazy, ok maybe the water park is out there and the TV show, but there must be some winners have have genuinely gone insane with the cash, done something unbelievably outlandish!
Money does strange things to people and I know no matter how level headed you think you would stay it would turn us all a little loopy, even if only temporary.
So what crazy thing would you do with a lottery windfall?
I can’t honestly think what I would do! Maybe i’d buy a load of animals and set them free in the wild (responsibly of course).
So you got the news that the IRS is doing one of it’s audits and they are doing this audit on you! What on earth are you going to do, why you, are they just picking on you! Maybe you can un to the South America, live your days out in exile with an a new identity, never speak of it again and become the guy at the beach bar with the hidden past and the exotic made up story.
Of course that’s drastic, it’s just an audit. It’s not a big deal. If you have filed within the law then it’s no big deal and if you made a mistake it can be rectified. It’s a real pain in the backside but don’t panic. You can’t change the fact that you are being audited so you just have to breath deep and deal with it.
Now, the problem may come that you are not totally familiar with the system. I would say you are in the majority (including people who work at the IRS) in this case. Tax law and conditions is one of the biggest mysteries to man!
We advise that if it’s not a simple case of providing a few documents that you contact professional help. Find someone local who has proven experience representing clients to the IRS in the face of an audit and make sure you speak with them in detail before committing.
Ask around, see what friends did and who they used, visit the local chamber of commerce and see what registered tax specialists are on their books The professional help may cost you but the peace of mind it will save you and the potential bullying you will avoid is likely worth your time.
As for what you can do, well just get yourself as organised as you can. Get all past tax returns, supporting documents and accounts in order, easy to access and easy to read. Be transparent and don’t hide anything. If there is a genuine mistake, be forward with it!
Do you have anything to add?
Greedy parents throw worst baby shower ever – Ok, the shower itself may not have been that bad but it’s the aftermath that has the mommy blogs (and rightly so) talking.
Mommyish.com published a story about a woman who was invited to the baby shower of a women with whom she shared some mutual friends and who she sat next to in graduation. The woman decided not to attend the baby shower as she did not know the mother-to-be that well.
Of course this is fine, right? Well apparently not as she then received a crafted poem that is quite frightful and bleeds of pure greed! The poem read:
We’re sorry you missed the shower!
There was fun and games to be had
The food and drinks not too bad
The loot was a plenty
But we looked high and low and found none from you
Not even a shiny penny!
Babies need a lot
Of this fact we all know
So we’ve included some shops below!
If none are to your liking, and that we understand
Then grab a pen and get to writing
For checks are to our liking!
The *** Family is registered at these stores and checks can be mailed to this address.
WTF!!!!! Ok, we know babies are expensive but essentially berating people to get them to pay up (especially after you already paid out for a shower) is simply awful and seriously bad etiquette.
It was also said people who did attend and did not bring a satisfactory gift got a “nasty” little poem. That can be read here too.
I’m seriously disgusted by some peoples attitudes, especially when it comes to money.
We should feel pleasure just to celebrate with people and never ever ever care about the value of a gift. If you invite someone to a party their presence should be the only gift they HAVE to bring.
Do you agree?
If the parents meant this all as a joke then they seriously missed the mark!!!
Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott commits suicide in Manhattan apartment – Terrible sad news came in yesterday of another famous suicide. Following the recent suicide of Julia Robert’s half sister and the demise and accidental death of Phillp Seymour Hoffman there seems to be a spate. Of course circumstantially there are hundreds of deaths every day and these celebs are no more important but it’s important to respect those present figures deaths and think of those who don’t get remembered as well.
L ‘Wren Scott was found by her assisstant in her Manhattan apartment. She had apparently hung herself and committed suicide. She was a very successful model turned fashion designer and of course known to be the girlfriend of Stone’s frontman Mick Jaggar.
The Stone’s have cancelled Australian concerts to fly back to USA.
L ‘Wren could be said to have had everything so it’s always a shock when people in such a position take their lives and I think it highlights the importance of friends and family to look out for each other and not ignore signs.
Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
The press is disgustingly already publishing reports alleging certain life events, claiming Jaggar had split with her and generally not being respectful as they should be at this early stage.
Australians apply in vain for which Sri Lankan job? – The allure of working in an exotic country is something many of us want to follow and it seems that one job in Sri Lanka has attracted a few foreign applicants after they have been having trouble recruiting from within! Despite the interest from two Australians this Sri Lankan job may not be able to consider them because the authority does not have the means to recruit from outside. So what is the job?
Well the empty post is for the job of hangman! The last official executioner is said to have become upset at the sight of the gallows and quit, two others before him never showed for work! You just can’t get the staff these days, eh!
While death and death penalties are not funny in this instance there has not been a public execution since 1976. However there are over 400 prisoners on death row and some public officials and politicians are calling for the death penalty to become practise again.
”Two Australians have sent emails to one of our departments saying that they are interested,” Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons, told Reuters on Thursday.
”One is a system administrator and the other had not mentioned the job he is doing,” he said. ”We have not called the applications, moreover we do not have any provisions to recruit foreigners.”
More can be read here: http://www.smh.com.au/world/australians-apply-in-vain-for-sri-lankan-hangman-job-20140314-hviii.html#ixzz2w6rlEey3
Would you take a role in a position like this? It could mean you don’t actually have to do any executions but there is always a possibility!
Female-to-female HIV reported – A report was published on Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report outlining a case of female-to-female HIV contraction between two partners. While this is rare it can happen so of course it’s of interest to many.
As horrible as it is I am glad this story is in the media but we shouldn’t be running and hiding and being disgusted before knowing the facts and I honestly think it’s time for HIV awareness, in some ways, to come back out into the limelight again.
A lot has changed since the initial campaigns of the 80s and 90s and medicine has come very far.
In the report the couple were in a relationship where one positive partner had not taken medication for two years, they engaged in practises where fluid could be shared and it’s believed this may have been the source of the transmission.
Before you judge the women, I think it’s important to remember they may have made informed choices and of course risk is always involved. There is also risk involved if you use protection so we have to remember that it’s not always a simple choice.
HIV and Aids is still a serious issue but also one that I believe needs more frank talk and should not be stigmatised. People are afraid of those with the illness when in fact, as this report highlights, often infection transmission can be extremely difficult, if certain guidelines and considerations are made.
More about this story can be read on live science.
Man returns wallet with $4,800 in cash – What would you do if you found close to $5000 in cash on the sidewalk in a lost wallet? I like to think I would return it but of course the hypothetical question is something that you’ll always give the moral answer to. I have never been tested for real but now one man has! And guess what, he returned it!
The mail carrier, from Jersey City, found the wallet on the sidewalk and it contained a huge wad of $100 bills, $4800 in total! As a man of morals he got in contact with the owner, returned the wallet and refused to accept a reward! The NJ Postal service did send him a $100 gift card and a letter of appreciation.
Now, the man who lost the wallet obviously got a shock when it was returned. He wasn’t some rich guy who just wanders around with a stuffed wallet all the time, the story is quite heart warming.
He had drawn out the cash as a late Christmas present for his kids but lost the wallet on his way home in a snow storm. He had decided the money was gone and obviously devastated.
The two men posed together for photos on the wallets return. They can be seen here: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/03/jersey_city_mail_carrier_finds_4800_returns_it_to_retired_reverend_united_states_postal_service.html
These stories are nice to hear and let us know there is some morality out there in an often immoral world.
Mcdonalds workers wage theft – Lawsuits have been filed this week by workers in 3 states against Mcdonalds alleging the giant corp stole wages by forcing workers to work off the clock and not allowing them to take rightful rest breaks.
A total of 7 suits filed in New York, Michigan and California are being reviewed by the corp right now.
In some case it’s alleged workers were told to come to work and had to wait until there were enough customers before they started, in another said that time and cost for cleaning uniforms was not reimbursed.
Yahoo published that:
“These are the workers whom McDonald’s is deliberately and systematically denying pay,” Joseph Sellers, co-counsel in the lawsuits filed in California and New York, said on a media call. “These suits have been filed to stop the widespread wage theft.”
The lawyers are seeking class-action status in some of the suits against McDonald’s, saying employees were afraid to file the suits individually for fear of reprisals.
I don’t know the truth of these suits but I can say that people I have known to work at these kinds of jobs have undergone various demeaning acts at the hands of management so if this is true I hope the workers get what they deserve for standing up to the corp.
What do you think? Corporations should not be able to bully workers into doing things for free.
Kristian Nairn gay – You may be wondering who on earth Nairn is but know that he is yet another known entertainer to come out as gay. In my opinion we should applaud each and every person who stands up and proudly displays who they are. So we applaud you Kristian Nairn.
Now this story is kind of funny, Kristian is an Irish actor in the hit show Game of Thrones and he plays the near mute character Hodor.
I guess not being a heart throb, or a central character (yet, who knows with this show) he has not really been in the limelight to be asked questions about his sexuality. In a joking way he says he has been trying to come out for years but it’s not just something you blurt out! MSN reported:
He tells WinterIsComing.net that he has been trying to ‘come out’ for years – but no one asked him the right question.
He explains, “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone… and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!
“It’s a very small part of who I am, on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.”
That’s pretty funny! Good for him for being so relaxed and forward about it.
Kevin Bacon millennials – Apart from the fact that he has appeared in a gazillion awesome movies Kevin Bacon never seems to shy away from a little playfulness and this is just another reason to love him!
In his latest campaign for Mashable the actor appeals to Millennials and is trying to spread 80s awareness. He talks of the rubiks cube, the cold war (his friend Tommy got nuked just going to rent a copy of Gremlins!) and parachute pants!
It had me laughing! I’m born before 1985 so I actually get the jokes!
Here is the video: