People will bet on just about anything if you give them half a chance. And there are some very unusual bets out there, from one-time bets between two people to regular bets that go way beyond the point spread. A lot of them seem to center in Britain, which has a long history of unusual bets. Here’s just a few that have been done there and around the world.
* A man from London named Matthew Dumbrell took 1,000,000 to 1 odds that the world would end before the year 2000. He lost that one, but you can’t blame a guy for trying.
* In 1964, David Threlfall put down £10 on 1000 to 1 odds that a man would walk on the moon by January 1st 1970. Obviously he won, but he only lived long enough after to buy a sports car and then crash it.
* In 2007, Andrei Karpov ran out of money in a poker game against Sergey Brodov. Thinking about what he had left, he decided to bet his wife in a final chance to get his winnings back. The wife was very unhappy about the whole thing and divorced Karpov, but then ended up marrying Brodov!
* In 2004, Ashley Revell sold everything he owned and flew to Vegas. He put down the entire wad of $135,000 on red. Fortunately for him, he won!
* A man in New Zealand lost a bet during a poker game and had to legally change his name to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Other Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.” The strange thing? The New Zealand government took it since it was under the 100 character limit for names! Now he has to change his name on all his official documents, at least until he pays the $127 for another name change.
* Green Eggs and Ham was based on a bet. Bennet Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, bet Theodore Geisel that he couldn’t write a book with 50 or fewer distinct words. So Mr. Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote Green Eggs and Ham. Apparently Cerf never paid up on the bet.
* Here’s one way to get around taxes. A 91-year-old former solicitor bet a bookmaker that he would die by the end of the year. He placed £500 on 6-to-1 odds. His hope was that he’d be able to avoid a £3000 estate tax by doing this. However, he did manage to live through the year, and the bookkeeper kept the £500.
* A Canadian named Brian Zembec was bet $100,000 to get breast implants and wear them for a year. He took the bet and found a doctor who would do the procedure. He bet the doctor the $4500 for the procedure on a game a backgammon and won that. He got his implants, wore them the full year, and then decided to keep them!
What kinds of crazy bets have you seen come across your table? We’d love to know!
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