Welcome to Sealand!
And yes, this is a country. Well, it’s more of a self-proclaimed micronation.
Sealand used to be a World War II British sea fort before Roy Bates, a Major in the British army, declared it a principality. And despite there being no nation that officially recognizes them as a country, Sealand continues to affirm that they have been acknowledged by Germany and the United Kingdom.
Today, they have their own flag, government, and currency.
They even have their own football team.
Also, visitors can be knighted there for only £99.99.
How cool would it be to say that you’re a Knight of Sealand?
But all jokes aside, let’s be honest here.
If Sealand just happened to vanish right now, no one would really care.
The found footage flick Cloverfield is legendary for its genius marketing campaign.
One gimmick that sold the movie was that they kept the monster a secret. They didn’t even show the title of the film on the poster, nor in the trailer.
In fact, it wasn’t immediately obvious there even was a monster to begin with, and that the film was just another Ronald Emmerich disaster-fest. But soon enough, people figured out there was indeed a monster of some sort. Following this was your typical online debate with multiple theories put forward.
However, they give away the creature in the poster.
Flipping the posters around gives us this.
Don’t see it?
Look at the smoke coming from the buildings.
There it is, staring at us with its beady eyes. It looks like a giant mantis.
And to think that it only took hundreds of nerds and thousands of hours to find this. Take that, conspiracy theorists!
Butter Stick- You seriously could not take 3 minutes to take a knife and rub butter on your bread? REALLY?
USB pet rock- It really amazes me that there are people who buy this..
Goldfish waker- I think your fish is happy in its bowl..
Deformed Watering Can-Why…just why??
Cat Duster Slippers- because cleaning your floor is SOOO hard.
Umbrella Rain Tube- This is really portable and an umbrella totally isn’t enough! Plus, you will get made fun of in the streets! How lovely.
I learned the lesson the hard way…
I was with my best friend having a beer, laughing and enjoying our conversation. Somehow the beers were having a good effect and things started to look bright…
“I have an idea, let’s start a business!”
And just like that, our friendship started on a different path. We were excited, we trusted each other, we had a very clear dream of where we wanted to go, so we started to work towards our project.
Very soon small misunderstandings started to happen, yet we ignored them because we were “best friends.”
We were locked into the business after we made our financial investment while we invested more and more time and energy into the project.
Difficult conversations need to happen. They never did. We had no formal agreement, and soon was too late to even talk about them…
Problems and misunderstandings started to build up quickly, and eventually the beers ended. Then the fun ended. This negative energy went into the business which led to a business failure.
The friendship ended.
To answer your question: What should an entrepreneur never do?
Don’t jump into a business venture just because of friendship! It’s incredibly easy to get involved for the wrong reasons.
John D. Rockefeller has a great quote:
“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”
Handling business and friendship is extremely complex — it demands mature individuals to make it work.
Ever seen this brand?
If you enjoy tea or spend any much time making tea in hotel rooms, chances are, you’ve drank one of their cuppas.
They claim to be the finest “luxury tea” brand in the world, and this clearly shows in the packaging of the teabag, which oozes luxury. An old-style logo decorated with vintage fonts and the language of luxury itself, French. Possibly, they might be based in France. Their slogan, The Finest Teas in the World, adorns the packaging, and on top of that, the number 1837, possibly suggesting how well established their business has been, a mark of quality for its customers to trust in.
Their teas are sold in luxury stores such as Harrods in London, Dean and Deluca in the US, and more.
They run a chain of picturesque teahouses that people can enjoy tea in, as well as splurge on exquisite cuisine to accompany it. Many people visit them and post pictures on social media tagging their brand.
But what if I told you, that they were actually established in 2008 in a mall in Singapore, and TWG stands for The Wellbeing Group?
The french writing on the bag doesn’t really have a correlation to tea (grands crus prestiges means prestige vintage wines), and while the marking ‘1837’ led people to think that it was established more than a century ago, the firm’s spokespeople claimed that it was instead a tribute to the “year when the Chamber of Commerce was founded in Singapore”.
Their marketing strategy was so successful, as of 2017, the tea company was worth $90M.
Some people may think that their strategy was a scam, but I honestly think that their strategy is genius. Find a relatively normal product, create a luxury brand out of it, and voila, you have a multi-million dollar company.
It’s the Hoover Dam…but without water
Graham Jackson Sr playing the accordion…at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral
Arnold Schwarzenegger after he got his American citizenship
Arnold in New York City for the first time
Einstein’s report card, on a scale of 1–6. See? Even Einstein didn’t get perfect grades!
Grounded Canadian planes on 9/11
Times Square before all the TV screens
The day after Sweden decided to drive on the right
First Summer Olympics in Athens, the marathon, 1896
Walt Disney and family, Disney Studios grand opening
Winston Churchill at the beach
1863, Brighton swim club (that one guy with the extra long top hat)
This is actually a real gun, called a “punt gun” that fired a pound of shot
Look at the water splash
“First man to kneel on water, suckers!”
“I will be the next Niagara Falls.”
“Oh, I forgot this is the that dress makes my calves look fat.”
The Invisible Girl.
Next man to land on the moon.
Like a moth to a flame.
“3 dead fish. 3 dead fish…..”
Channeling power from France. What, it was a gift!
This was what first class looked like in the 1960’s on a Swissair flight. Airplanes used to be much simpler. Most airlines had only one class with open cockpits but higher rates of fatalities. Now they have been transformed into pure luxury.
The Beatles before their iconic Abbey Road shot.
Two men here try out a stretching device which claimed to increase one’s height by 2 to 6 inches. (1931)
The legendary Beatles posing with the great Muhammad Ali (1964)
West Berlin residents show their children to their grandparents who reside on the eastern side of the wall (1961)
Vietnamese soldiers capture a US airman in Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi. The airman was none other than John McCain who would later become a US senator and even run for president against Barack Obama.
Martin Luther King along with his son on the right, removes a burnt cross from his front yard.
Albert Einstein seeming to be pleased with his furry shoes
A photo of Bruce Lee on the dance floor. Unbelievable right? He was quite fond of ballroom dancing. There are multiple online videos of him speaking on his interest in dance.
Barack Obama as a teenager. Obama received his first basketball from his father and played a lot during his time in Hawaii. One of his favorite players was Julius Erving. In his yearbook an older teammate reportedly wrote: “Anyway, been great knowing you and I hope we keep in touch. Good luck in everything you do and get that law degree. Some day when I am an all-pro basketballer, and I want to sue my team for more money, I’ll call on you, Barry.”
Three Chinese men pose on a man-powered vehicle- a wheelbarrow, supposedly during the Qing Dynasty. There were many Chinese technologies that predated similar inventions in the West.