A New York man who died in 1919 was well-known for his “wealth and eccentricity,” and his will did not disappoint. He left these instructions to the executor of his estate: “I own seventy one pairs of trousers. It is my desire that they be sold by auction after my death and that the proceeds of the sale shall be distributed to the deserving poor of my parish. They must, however, be disposed of severally to different bidders, no single individual being permitted to purchase more than one pair.”
The orders were carried out as he wished. It was later discovered that hidden in each pair of pants was a fabric pouch containing ten 100-dollar bills. He left his family nothing.