In 1992, an electronics company offered two free international flights with any £100 purchase. The rest, well... sucked.
In a world of few hits and constant misses, how did a singing fish mounted on a plaque end up being one of the most iconic gag gifts in history?
In the wake of an algorithm-led video store apocalypse, Captain Video stays afloat by offering the human touch.
Mechanical Turk offers workers the freedom to complete menial tasks for small sums of cash. But is the platform really a viable part-time hustle?
Costco has found immense success by prioritizing the interests of its customers and employees over those of its shareholders.
How a 73-year-old junk collector produced thousands of the ugliest counterfeit $1 bills ever made — and eluded federal agents for more than a decade.
How one small business owner flipped the online review ecosystem on its head.
Nearly 50 years ago, one man "invented" the modern smiley face. Then, another man halfway across the world made it into a multimillion-dollar cash cow.
What does the average Shark Tank deal look like? It depends on what you're pitching and who you are.
How a renowned researcher beat the odds, stumped casino owners around the world and walked away with a fortune.
Twenty years ago, Yahoo decided to roll out a new national advertising campaign. Unfortunately, it didn't reveal this plan to its star yodeler.
I spent two weeks in the underbelly of Amazon's fake review economy and emerged questioning our collective trust in the stars.
A small but growing number of Americans are leaving inheritances to their pets. How is Fluffy using the money?
What percentage of alcohol-consuming Americans shop drunk? How much do they spend? What do they buy? We ran a survey to find out.
Direct-to-consumer DNA tests now claim to match you with everything from the right wines to the best strains of weed. But is science really there yet?
A growing number of entrepreneurs are capitalizing on China's air pollution crisis by selling bottled air. But who is it actually helping?
How one man built The Sharper Image into the world's wackiest gadget store — and how a spat over an air purifier toppled it.
The Internet Archive is backing up vast swaths of the web — and grappling with ethical, political and legal questions along the way.
In 1981, American Airlines sold an unlimited lifetime pass. But they didn't account for flyers like Jacques Vroom and Steve Rothstein.
Fake news afforded a better life for Jestin Coler and his family, but it came with a high price: his dignity.