- If you have US$10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.
- The key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions, according to studies.
- 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.
- of Americans say they cannot cover a US$400 emergency expense without borrowing money or selling something.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The eternal flame at Bullhead City, Arizona, only lasted until city officials received a US$961 gas bill. It has been relighted after complaints by veterans groups.
- Two-thirds of all US$100 bills are held outside the US.
- Andrew Jackson, who appears on the U.S. twenty-dollar bill, was highly opposed to paper money.
- One of the most expensive pizzas ever made cost £4200. The “Pizza Royale 007” featured caviar, lobster, and 24-carat gold dust.
- The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe during filming of The Misfits sold for US$66,000.
- About 10% of pimps accept credit or debit cards.
- Public transport is entirely free for residents of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
- One of the most expensive wigs ever auctioned off was one that belonged to Andy Warhol, which sold at $10,800.