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  1. Simon at |

    Ugh… i hate the picture on number 9, it’s giving me the creeps…

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  2. Bob R at |

    Flight insurance: I’m guessing I’m a little older than many of the regular readers of this list, but I can remember that, in the mid to late 1960s, airports had vending machines that sold insurance policies. There was no such thing as online, of course, so you deposited your money, got a policy and filled in the blanks, and then put the completed policy in a slot below the machine. The policies were good for one flight.

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  3. Little_Sam at |

    Not only can you buy flight insurace, but you can also buy travel insurance. Travel insurance insurance pays you beneficiaries if you die in any form of travel — airplane, bus, train, ship, or even by automobile. In any case it is a complete rip-off. Do not buy any kind of travel insurance — period.

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    1. izabelle at |

      travel imsurance is NOT a waste. me and my mom were supposed to be in london four days, got infections in our ears, couldnt fly and lived in a four star hotel in the midst of london for two weeks, doctor payed, hotel payed, food payed. even the taxi to the doctor was payed. may not happen, but just in case.

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  4. skywatcher at |

    It was decades ago that I first heard Angie Dickinson had insured her legs for 1,000,000 dollars. At the time, that was a very unusual thing and was featured in every story abut her for years. Later I heard that Bob Dylan had insured his voice and I wondered if that policy would pay off if he ever started to sound normal.

    At present a lot of companies are taking out insurance policies on their employees. I feel this shouldn’t be allowed as it gives employers an incentive to find the worst and cheapest health care plans available.

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  5. ParusMajor at |

    From #7: “Lloyd’s also offers coverage to employers against two or more of its employees winning the lottery, and deciding that there’s no reason to keep working now that they’re millionaires.”

    This has actually happened at least once. A group of 12 bus drivers in Northamptonshire, UK, won the Euromillions jackpot of £38 million earlier this year, read this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116631/EuroMillions-winner-Day-12-drivers-win-38m-turns-work.html

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  6. jgood at |

    what is weird about wedding insurance? it only costs about £20 and if you’ve spent £10000 on caterers who get in an accident on the way to the venue and can’t make it you get your money back. and actually in every case I came across they don’t cover ‘changes of heart’. maybe in america

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  7. Meredith at |

    I have pet insurance. My dog’s treatment didn’t have to cost $10,000 for it to be a financial hardship. He was unexpectedly diagnosed with a virus (even though he seemed totally healthy) and had to be hospitalized all weekend. The bill came to about $2000. I was not particularly prepared for an unexpected $2000 extra cost in my life. I got most of it back thanks to pet insurance that costs about $30 a month. Not really seeing the drawback there.

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  8. FMH at |

    I don’t think body part insurances are that crazy. I specially insured my eyes and hands (you even have to pay extra for the thumbs) – and celebrities need to insure their looks for their jobs, too.

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