- The key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions, according to studies.
- There's US$75 trillion in the entire world. If this is distributed amongst all people on Earth, each person will have less than $11,000.
- The blood you donate is sold on the open market and it's a US$4.5 billion per year industry.
- The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built, at US$150 billion.
- Bob Marley's
final words were
"Money can't buy life."
- McDonald's makes about US$75 million per day.
- Apple earns US$300,000 per minute.
- All of the 20 richest women in the world --except for #17-- inherited their money from either their husband or their father.
- Americans spent more than US$15 billion on jeans in 2005.
- Americans spent about US$61.4 billion on their pets in 2011.
- Drug lord Pablo Escobar had so much cash that rats ate almost $1 billion of his money each year.
- At a spending rate of $1 million a day, it would take Bill Gates 218 years to spend all his money.
- Until the WW2, tea bricks were used as money in Siberia.
- Sea shells were once commonly used in many parts of the world as money.
money on others
than spending it on yourself
a study concluded.
- of the money the average American takes home is spent on interest, including credit cards and auto loans.
- Paper money can transport live flu virus for over two weeks.
- 2 out of 3 inherited family fortunes are lost by the new generation, a study in the U.S. found.
- Arguing about money is the top predictor of divorce, a study found.
- of Americans say they cannot cover a US$400 emergency expense without borrowing money or selling something.
- If you die homeless or with no money in New York City, you are buried by prisoners on Hart Island in a mass grave: up to 1000 per grave for children and 50 for adults.
- Americans spend more money on pets yearly than Germany spends on its entire defense budget.
- The 100 richest people in the world earned enough money in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times.
- After the American Civil War, one third to one half of the currency was counterfeit.
- The total amount of money owed by every single person and country in the world is US$199 trillion, but the world has only US$80.9 trillion in cash and bank deposits.
- In the 17th Century, 1 in every 10 British coins was forged. Isaac Newton oversaw a huge project to recall the old currency, and issue a more reliable one.
- The wealthy in Florence, Italy, today are the same families as 600 years ago, researchers found.
- By law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency.
- Thinking about money makes people more determined and focused, but less sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, a study found.
- Women who get married after 30 in the U.S. end up making about US$18,000 more than their early-marrying peers.
- As of 2016, Bill Gates could give US$10 to every human being on Earth and still keep US$3 billion for himself.
- The first transaction of Bitcoins was to buy pizza for 10,000 Bitcoins, which later increased in value to over US$12 million.
- "In God We Trust" was declared the U.S.national motto in 1956. It first appeared in 1861 because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.
- 1.5 trillion dollars are paid in bribes every year, according to a World Bank estimate.
- In the 1980s, the financial sector claimed just 10% of U.S. corporate profits. By the 2010s, it's almost 30%, supplanting manufacturing as the biggest profit center in the economy.
- In 2015, a Chinese billionaire bought a US$170 million painting by with his credit card so he could use the points for free airfare.
- Serial art vandal Hans-Joachim Bohlmann has caused over 138 million euro in damages by attempting to destroy famous artworks by such artists as Rubens and Rembrandt.