A U.S $10.50 checked signed by Neil Armstrong hours before he took off for the Moon was sold for $27,350 at an auction in Amherst, New Hampshire in July 2009. It was 40 years to the day it was written. Armstrong had written the check – for money borrowed from a NASA manager, in case anything happened to him on the lunar mission.
Motorists in the Bulgarian capital Sofia were awarded a free salami in 2009 for driving courteously. As part of a police road-safety initiative, a salami factory offered lunch to any driver who yielded to pedestrians at marked street crossings.
In August 2009, customers flocked to a faulty cash machine that was paying out double money at a supermarket in London, England. The store closed the machine as soon as it learned of the fault, but by then lucky customers had taken over $7,500 from it.
A ghost once helped convict a murderer. Zona Shue’s death in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. In 1897 was presumed natural until her spirit appeared to her mother and described how she was killed by her husband Edward. Her mother persuaded the local prosecutor to reopen the case and an autopsy on the exhumed body verified that Zona had been murdered. Edward was subsequently convicted of the crime.
After a truck carrying bottles of wine crashed and caught fire on a highway in Warmsutter, Wyoming, emergency crews came under attack from a hail of corks as the bottles exploded in the heat.
After Josh Muszynski of Manchester, New Hampshire swiped his debit card a gas station to pay for a pack of cigarettes in July 2009, he checked his account online and saw that he had been charged over $23 Quadrillion. The Bank of America corrected this error the following day.
After six generations spanning 217 years, the last Dr. Maurice of the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England, finally hung up his stethoscope in 2009. Dr. David Maurice’s retirement brought to an end an unbroken line of family members caring for the town’s sick people dating back 1792.