List of bets
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This is a list of bets that have achieved fame.
- c. 1746: Allegedly, Earl Fitzwilliam had a 45 feet (14 m) pyramid built with an archway (The Needle's Eye) because he had wagered that he could drive a coach through a needle's eye.
- 18th century: The physically fit Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore supposedly was challenged by a rotund butcher named Mr. Bullock to a 100-yard (91 m) foot race, the conditions being that Bullock be given a 35-yard (32 m) head start and the choice of the course to be run. Bullock selected a narrow lane. Barry quickly caught up with his opponent, but there was no room for him to get past.
- 1870: Flat Earth believer John Hampden issued a challenge, wagering £500 against anyone who could demonstrate a convex curvature in a body of water. British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace won, but then was sued and harassed by the loser.
- 1975 and 1997: Physicist Stephen Hawking has made two bets regarding black holes, both described in the article on the second, Thorne–Hawking–Preskill bet. Hawking has conceded on both wagers.
- c. 1977: George Lucas visited Steven Spielberg while the latter was making Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Struggling with his own production and impressed by what he saw of Spielberg's work, Lucas offered to trade 2.5% of the points (profits) of their films. Close Encounters made a lot of money, but not as much as Star Wars. Spielberg is still the collecting the difference to this day (an estimate $12.5 million as of 1978).
- 1980: In the Simon–Ehrlich wager, two professors bet on resource scarcity in the coming decade. Julian Simon got the better of Paul R. Ehrlich.
- 1980 and 1984: On September 24, 1980, William Lee Bergstrom walked into the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas with two suitcases, one containing $777,000, the other empty. The Horseshoe had a unique policy, which set a gambler's maximum bet limit at the first wager placed. Bergstrom bet the entire amount on the don't pass line in craps and, after several rolls, won. The winnings went into the second suitcase. On March 24, 1984, he returned to the Horseshoe and bet $538,000, again in craps and again winning. Finally on November 16 the same year, Bergstrom placed his largest craps bet: $1,000,000. This time he lost.
- April 11, 2004: Ashley Revell sold all his possessions and bet £76,840 on one roll of the roulette wheel in Las Vegas. He doubled his money when the ball landed on a red number.
- "Britain's best architectural follies". The Daily Telegraph.
- "The Needle's Eye". Wentworth Woodhouse. December 5, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Steven Spielberg Still Cashing In On 'Star Wars' Bet". starpulse.com. June 25, 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Brian Warner. "How Steven Spielberg Won A Lucrative Percentage Of Star Wars Off A Bet With George Lucas". celebritynetworth.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press (February 6, 1985). "Million-Dollar Gambler Commits Suicide, Broke at End".
- Fen Montaigne (April 9, 1985). "'Phantom Gambler' chose to die rather than be alone". Evening Independent.
- "'All or nothing' gamble succeeds". BBC News. April 12, 2004. Retrieved May 8, 2013.