In 2008, a man made $50,000, penny by penny, by opening thousands of fake accounts and pocketing the 1 or 2 cent verification deposits.
Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.
The metallic smell of money is actually your body oils breaking down in the presence of iron or copper. You can see this by using a paper towel to pick up a penny smelling it – no odor. Then rub your sweaty/oily fingers on it and notice the strong metallic odor. Money doesn’t smell, you do.
More than $200 million in US currency was burned at both a crematorium and the Aiea Sugar Mill in Hawaii, due to being redeemed for HAWAII Overprint Notes – a series of banknotes issued during World War II as an emergency issue after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The intent of the overprints was to easily distinguish US currency captured by Japanese forces in the event of an invasion of Hawaii and render the bills useless.
A man spend $40,000 buying out two IMAX theaters to prove ex-girlfriend wrong. “His ex-girlfriend dumped him seven years ago because he couldn’t afford two movie tickets for a date”.
In 2009, an Israeli woman accidentally threw away her mom’s mattress with $1 million dollars stashed inside.
The Island of Yap, Micronesia used Rai stones as currency. These stones were huge and the largest were 12 ft in diameter, 1.5 ft thick and 4 metric tons (8,800 lb) in weigh.
Benjamin Franklin designed one of the first American coins, and instead of saying “In God We Trust,” it said “Mind Your Business.”
Studies show day-to-day happiness increases with income until you hit $75k per year. After that, increased income does nothing to increase happiness.
Hitachi once produced an ATM that heated bills to 200 degrees C to kill any bacteria, then ironed them before dispensing.