You don’t need to be an Irish to enjoy the ‘Irish luck,’ sometimes your luck brings you a fortune that even an Irish would fail with all the Irish luck to get something like that. Here are such five stories in the gist that proves that anyone can be lucky.
Betting on FedEx to deliver
In the 1970s when FedEx was in its embryonic days, they had an insufficient budget, and when that budget ran out, that didn’t have money to pay for the fuel for its delivery planes and was about to be declared bankrupt. FedEx’s founder Frederick Smith knew that his dream was crushed by the demand of money so with all the remaining $5000 he went to Las Vegas. In a casino, he chipped in the entire amount at a blackjack table and won $27000 in return. The amount might have been a simple one but it was enough to get the planes on air, and the rest is history.
According to the experts, the odds of you winning a mega-million-dollar lottery jackpot is 1 in 176 million which is significantly higher than the odds of ever being attacked by a shark which is 1 in 11.5 million. However, Joan Ginther of Las Vegas, a mathematician with a PhD from Stanford University proved that there were no such odds when she bagged four multimillion dollars jackpot between 1993 and 2010. It is believed that she raked in approximately $20 million. In case you’re wondering, she is yet to be attacked by a shark.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of a phenomenal find
In the year 2006, a Tennessee man called Michael Sparks went into a thrift store and bought a candelabra, a set of salt-and-pepper shakers. Also, he bought a cheap reprint of the American Declaration of Independence. He realised that the document was indeed a reprint but one of only 36 known copies of the declaration created in 1820 by William J. Stone, he knew he was in for some luck. He knew it would be worth a bit more than the $2.48 Sparks spent. After stalling the idea for a year, he sold the document at auction for $477,650 which was 192,600 times what he had paid.
There’s still gold in them thar hills
The western slopes of Sierra, Nevada Mountains are also known as the Gold Country because it was where forty-niners struck during the California gold rush. After filling in their bags, they left what they couldn’t take. In 2013, when a couple was walking their dog on their property they noticed a rusty tin surfaced up out of the ground. Upon many test and excavation, the couple found eight cans filled with 1,427 U.S gold coins dating to the 19th century of worth approximately $10 million.
The first commercially available artificial sweetener was Saccharin, and it was accidentally discovered. When the Russian chemist Constantin Fahlberg was working in a small lab at the John Hopkins University in 1878, he was experimenting with coal tar derivatives and other projects. When he sat down to dinner one night after leaving the lab, he noticed that the role he was eating was extraordinarily sweet tasting. He then traced the sweetness to a residue on his hands. Hurrying back to his lab, Fahlberg licked various lab instruments to determine the source, eventually discovering a beaker that had boiled over and contained the ingredients he soon patented as saccharin.