The American dream is to get rich quick, but that’s a pipe dream, dear reader. You see, the only way to get ahead and become a self-made millionaire is to work hard, pitch amazing ideas, and grind for years and years. In time, your investment in your work and the experience you’ve acquired can put yourself among the elites. That is, if your sticktoitiveness and risks pay off. Then again, you could  just make novelty rotten teeth.

It’s amazing not only what people spend their money on but who has entered into higher tax brackets because of it. Some people become millionaires due to a new invention to improve your life and the lives of others. Other people get rich from selling discounted chicken in a parking lot or a pixel of ad space.

Take some notes because you’re about to learn some of the oddest and weirdest ways people got rich:

By selling ad space, one pixel at a time. ThemimonDollor Homepage SAVEN2 FRE LEASE RentClicks A CASINO VebHosting CASINOSCAMS CRACKED Alex Tew launched the website milliondollarhomepage.comi in 2005 which was a square containing 1 million pixels. Each pixel was up for sale for just $1 and would turn into a hyperlink of your choosing. Companies quickly bought out dozens of pixels at a time, turning the blank canvas into a tapestry of ads, and Alex walked away with a hefty sum.

Source: BBC

By reacting to absurd life hacks. DB002745 CRACKED.COM Khaby Lame quickly rose to fame recently after his videos, which are deadpan reactions to useless life hacks, went viral on TikTok. By breaking down the flaws in a myriad of DIY videos without saying a word, he was able to reach audiences regardless of what language they spoke. To date he has partnered with the likes of Netflix, food company Brilla, and fantasy sports platform Dream11.

Source: CNN

By making cat memes. LOLCATS CRACKED.COM Kari Unebasami sent her friend Eric Nakagawa a photo of a cute cat with a phonetically spelled out caption in 2007 after Eric had a bad day. The two launched I Can Haz Cheezburger for such animal mash-ups, which became an internet sensation. After it was all said and done, Eric walked away with $10 million from the venture.

Source: Wired

By making an addicting mobile game. CRACKED.COM After 8 months in the app store, the game Flappy Bird inexplicably went viral and was getting millions of downloads. The creator, Dong Nguyen, was making an estimated $50,000 a day before the stress of sudden fame and wealth caused him to take the game off the market.

Source: Wired

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