Norton I, Emperor of the United States


On September 17th, 1859, several newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area received letters from a man named Joshua Norton. Enclosed was a declaration that he, at the request of a large majority of the citizens of the United States, was declaring himself to be Norton I, Emperor of the United States. In fact, he was just an ordinary man determined to become something more bold than anything he had ever known. In the process, he became undoubtedly the coolest homeless person ever.

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The Legendary Legend of Kim Jong Il


We have all heard of the reclusive North Korean leader. We all know he was a little nuts…and a little lonely. But did you know that he invented the hamburger?

It turns out he was basically the most amazing human that ever lived…at least according to North Korean state-run media. In fact, all of the legendary facts below were either spoken or written at some point by official government sources.

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12 Days of Christmas: How to Scare Your Kid into Being Good All Year


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

Any parent will attest that Christmas is one of the best motivating factors on God’s green earth to inspire their children’s good behavior.  Every kid has an eye towards Christmas all year, and they generally won’t do anything to jeopardize being in Santa’s good graces come that glorious morning.  In full realization of this indisputable fact, parents often resort to *light* threats that their child “better be good, or else Santa might not be good to you this year!”  The following details three common ways to motivate your child to be good so you and Santa can continue to shower them with all the gifts they deserve and more.  We hope you enjoy our offering on the Seventh Day of Christmas.

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The Man Who Brought Down a Bank


The other night, I watched a movie called “Rogue Trader” based on an autobiography written by a man named Nick Leeson. If you were born in the late 80’s or early 90’s, you probably don’t remember him; however, to people of an older generation, he was infamously remembered as the man whose actions single-handedly brought down the oldest bank in the world.

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12 Days of Christmas: The Re-Gifting Guide


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

We’ve all done it. Come ooonnnn, admit it! You’ve re-gifted! No? Ok, well I have…the re-gift is one of those great Christmas traditions that nobody ever talks about. If you haven’t done it already, I can almost guarantee you that you will at least be tempted to do so soon. So, on this, the Second Day of Christmas, I will help walk you through this sometimes dangerous practice that can nevertheless be good for a few laughs.

Disclaimer: We here at *AT* would never advocate re-gifting unless it is for some of the more light-hearted reasons detailed below. You hear that Santa? We’re being good!

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The Largest Empires in History


Since the beginning of man, people have fought in order to exert their military, cultural, and economic dominance over another. This is the concept of empire: it is timeless and it is ever-present. But if history has taught us one thing, it is that empires always fall – and that is a fact that remains true for even the largest. Below is a list of a few of the greatest empires in the world that have stretched across cultures and continents.

5. The Qing Empire (1644 – 1911)

The last imperial dynasty in China began with the sack of the Ming capital of Beijing in the mid 17th century, leading to pacification of the country and expansion beyond its previous borders. It included most of modern-day China, as well as Mongolia. By 1790, it was the largest in the world for a brief time, comprising one sixth of the world’s land mass and one third of the world’s population.

Unfortunately, the Qing Dynasty was plagued with almost every problem a country can have: corruption, natural disaster, rebellion, and military defeat eventually weakened the empire until its last empress was overthrown and the Republic of China was formed in 1911. Interestingly enough, the infant son of Empress Longyu would be installed as the puppet emperor of Manchukuo by the Japanese from 1932 until the end of WWII in 1945. Today, the Qing are credited with highly integrating Chinese culture into many facets of the nation.

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The Wealthiest US Presidents – George Washington


This is the fifth and final installation of our five part series on the wealthiest presidents. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this list includes what many scholars agree are the best presidents in United States history, with J.F.K. being regarded as the worst of the group. All of these men accumulated their wealth in different manners; while some amassed a good portion of their wealth through inheritance, others were self-made men. The important common theme between all of these great men, though, was their enterprising nature. This carried over into all aspects of their lives and is undoubtedly part of what made them all such great leaders of this country. For any finance readers, this is also a fairly impressive referendum on the power of the time-value of money.

Spoiler Alert – There was a lot of money in cash crops…

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