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Futility Closet

016-A Very Popular Sack of Flour

29:15 | Jun 30th, 2014

In 1864 Nevada mining merchant Reuel Gridley found a unique way to raise money for wounded Union soldiers: He repeatedly auctioned the same 50-pound sack of flour, raising $250,000 from sympathetic donors across the country. In this episode of the F...Show More