In case you missed it – not that there’s anything wrong with that – yesterday marked the 15 th anniversary of the “Seinfeld” series finale airing. Hailed as “The Show About Nothing” and bound to pop up as reruns on cable and local broadcast affiliates for the rest of time, the comedy ranked among one of the best TV shows ever.
It was also one of the most lucrative, as star and co-creator Jerry Seinfeld holds the record for highest annual earnings for a television actor – raking in $267 million during the last year Seinfeld was on the air. To celebrate, here’s a great list of every job and scheme Cosmo Kramer ever hatched up.
One person who may get close to that payday is whoever wins the next Powerball lottery, currently sitting at a $360 million (£236.6 million) payout. New Powerball rules mean jackpots get higher faster and this one would certainly pay the bills. But it still has a way to go to catch the highest-ever national lottery jackpot (non-annual), set by the Mega Millions drawing of March 30, 2012, when it hit a stratospheric $656 million.
Speaking of big bills, German artist Gerhard Richter has broken his own mark for the highest auction price for a work by a living artist. Richter’s “Domplatz, Mailand” fetched a cool $37.1 million (£24.4 million) Tuesday, which will go nicely in his bank account next to the £21.3 million he earned for his “Abstraktes Bild” last year.
Up in the friendly skies, J.D. Power & Associates ranked the most satisfying North American airlines according to passengers, awarding JetBlue the top spot for the ninth straight year. While JetBlue doesn’t travel the entire world, it might be worth petitioning if you ever want to comfortably break the record for fastest circumnavigation by scheduled flights with a single airline. That’s held by Brother Michael Bartlett, who traveled the globe on Air New Zealand in 59 hours 58 minutes from Nov. 21-24, 2006.
Lastly, were you avoiding the latest episode of “Mad Men,” only to jump on Twitter and accidentally see that Don Draper fathered an illegitimate child at Woodstock?
(Note: keep calm, that was a fake spoiler; we would never actually ruin anything for you!)
If it’s up to 17-year-old Jennie Lamere, you’ll never have that problem again. Her new software Twivo can help censor your Twitter feed to avoid any show-specific spoilers. And that will come in handy if the “Game of Thrones” season finale in two weeks has an epic reveal that breaks the record for most tweets per second, set at 25,088 during a television screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Castle in the Sky” in Japan on Dec. 9, 2011.