The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

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1. Soviet space capsule fetches record $2.9 million at Sotheby’s

What recession? A Moscow investment fund chairman spent nearly $3 million on a 50-year-old space capsule that never carried a human being – the Vostok 3KA-2 was a test vehicle that held a mannequin and a dog. “Scorched and scratched on the outside, it is now a giant rusty ball,” Bloomberg reported. “Most of the interior was taken up by an ejection seat.”

2. Shop for free! Researchers cheat PayPal checkout

It pays to be a computer geek. Researchers from Indiana University and Microsoft have discovered “logic flaws” in PayPal and similar programs from Amazon and Google – and they were able to buy stuff for cheap or even get it free. “They could add a discount of their choosing, shop for free after paying for one item, or buy an expensive product for the price of the cheapest item,” CNN reported. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself.

3. Tot accidentally served alcohol at Applebee’s

You probably heard about the 15-month-old boy that was served margarita mix instead of the apple juice his parents ordered at a Michigan Applebee’s last week. Well, here’s a surprise – not. His parents are suing. “His mother says doctors told her he could have died if he’d had the whole cup,” MSNBC reported.

4. 20 highest-paid CEOs

Here’s a story that’s funny is a pathetic sort of way: CNN has made a list of the highest-paid CEOs – and the percentage their compensation rose this past year. (Hint: 40 percent and up is typical.) And it’s no surprise that all of them are men, and most are white.

5. Americans actually think the tax they pay is fair

We like to complain about taxes, but we don’t always believe what we’re saying – “54 percent believe their tax bills are either somewhat fair or very fair, compared with 46 percent who say they are unfair,” MSNBC reported. Still, when it comes to balancing the federal budget, “just 29 percent say raise taxes.”

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