Posted by: Aadisht on: September 17, 2008
My learning for the day: Mastercard is headquartered in a New York town called Purchase. I suppose being headquartered in a town named after the service you offer counts as priceless.
A little Googling adds further information: the town was originally called Harrison’s Purchase, because it was established on land bought by a dude called John Harrison. His motivation in doing this is not clear. It is also in Westchester County whose most famous residents are Professor Xavier and the X-Men.
There doesn’t seem to be any information on whether MasterCard chose their headquarters on the basis of the name. Pity.