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Money

How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

Have you ever wondered just how much room you’d need to store a trilion one dollar bills? No? Too bad, you’re going to find out anyhow, thanks to this short video from Animated Comparisons which shows the relative sizes of stacks of bills in various amounts of money.

Broke Millenial

Broke Millenial
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Erin Lowry explains (in very relatable ways, and with true stories) how to avoid being a complete financial fool, avoid being mystified by money and be the master of your hunned dollar bills y’all, in her book Broke Millenial.

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Minting Ancient Currency from Scratch

Minting Ancient Currency from Scratch

“You can almost maybe see it’s a face. There’s definitely something on it.” How to Make Everything once again reminds us how lucky we are that we don’t have to make everyday objects from scratch. He tried to make coins using ancient methods and barely succeeded.

Casually Explained: The Stock Market

Casually Explained: The Stock Market

Want to make a quick buck playing the stock market? Perhaps you should check out The Motley Fool rather the advice of a guy who has made his money from bad stick figure drawings on YouTube. On the other hand, his point about buying extra monitors is spot on.

New US Dollar Concepts

New US Dollar Concepts

Designer Andrey Avgust came up with a series of futuristic and beautiful designs for United States’ dollar bills. Each bill is made of layers of plastic, with serial numbers, QR codes and other details that are readable under UV light.

Unshredding Money

Unshredding Money

Think you’re good at solving jigsaw puzzles? Check this out. In this time-lapse clip, artist Martin John Callanan painstakingly reconstructs a misprinted British Five Pound note that was shredded into thousands of tiny bits, piecing it back together using a pair of tweezers.

Cryptocurrency Ugly Sweaters

Cryptocurrency Ugly Sweaters
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The prices shouldn’t vary too wildly on HODLMOON’s holiday sweaters inspired by cryptocurrencies, including BitcoinEthereum, and Litecoin, as well as some lesser-known monetary units. Each one features the currency’s logo, along with its financial symbol.

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. Check out his DIY Penny Floor website for instructions to install your own.

Carving a Charlie Brown Nickel

Carving a Charlie Brown Nickel

Expert engraver Shaun Hughes turns his attention to Charles Schultz’s lovable loser, as he deftly carves his famous expression and “Oh, Good Grief” catchphrase into an old Buffalo nickel. Fortunately, five cents is just enough for Lucy’s psychiatric help booth.

Secret Compartment Cufflinks

Secret Compartment Cufflinks
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These cufflinks made from genuine U.S. nickels look cool enough on their own, but when you realize you can use them to sneak around secret documents inside their hidden compartments, they’re just that much cooler. Perfect for James Bond and other secret agent types.

DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

The Q shows us how with just cardboard, a knife, a ruler, and some glue, you can make a simple sorter for coins of any denomination. To make one for your country’s coins, you just need to tweak the widths of the openings.

Square Cash

Square Cash

Love to go out to dinner or drinks with friends? Split the check with ease with the Square Cash app. It lets you request or send cash instantly, and spend it with a virtual credit card or Apple Pay.

The Incredible Shrinking Dollar Bill

The Incredible Shrinking Dollar Bill

Applied Science shows us how to use anhydrous ammonia to change the properties of paper money, gradually shrinking the size of a dollar bill by letting the solution boil and evaporate multiple times. The same chemical process can be used to easily bend wood.

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Five Dollar Bill Murray

Five Dollar Bill Murray

Yes, we know it’s illegal to deface U.S. currency, but artist Matt “Ginozko” Anderson’s transformation of Abraham Lincoln into Bill Murray on a Fiver is too good to pass up. Seriously though, The Murricane should be on at least one of our bills, dontcha think?

Playing Records with Cash

Playing Records with Cash

England’s new Five Pound notes are made from a durable plastic polymer that makes them impossible to crumple, resistant to water and burning, harder to counterfeit, and as an added bonus, capable of playing records, as shown in this brief video clip.

Truebill

Truebill

It’s easy to forget all of the services you’ve signed up for and have coming out of your accounts each month. Truebill catalogs all of your subscription payments, helps you cancel services you no longer want, and works with Billshark to help negotiate better prices.

Cavemen Economics

Cavemen Economics

(PG-13 Language) Ever wonder how the ideas of money, banking, and lending first started? Australian comedy series Soul Mates provides their take on the very first transaction between cavemen, and how it may have created the world’s first economic system.

Damascus Skull Money Clip

Damascus Skull Money Clip
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While we’re carrying cash less and less these days, when we do have a wad of money in our pockets, it should look this awesome. This metal clip from Hikari Japan is made from damascus steel, and holds up to 15 bills. In matte or shiny finishes.

LWT: Retirement Plans

LWT: Retirement Plans

(PG-13: Language) “If you stick around doing nothing while everyone around you f***s up, you’re going to win big.” Last Week Tonight exposes the hidden fees and other deceptions of many retirement plans. You won’t believe what Janice from accounting gave.

Bill Shredder Piggy Bank

Bill Shredder Piggy Bank
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This wacky piggy bank from SHINE Japan makes it look like you’re shredding your cash, when in fact it’s actually saving your bills. Designed for Japanese currency, but works with U.S. bills and most others.

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Melting Pennies in the Sun

Melting Pennies in the Sun

A demonstration of just how intense the heat of the Sun can be when concentrated through a fresnel lens. It takes less than a minute to turn what was once a solid metal penny into a molten pile of goo. Also, we’ve just subscribed to Let’s Melt This.

Solid Brass Money Clip

Solid Brass Money Clip
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We know you’re going to digitize all your credit cards soon, but it’s still good to carry a little cash. These hand-bent brass money clips from Maxx & Unicorn are rugged and look better with age. Choose from black oxide or brass finishes.

Tales You Lose

Tales You Lose

Designer Andre Levy takes everyday coins and hand-paints them with images of pop culture icons from cartoon and movie characters to historical figures. Too bad the Magneto coin isn’t actually magnetic.

Acorns Investing App for iOS

Acorns Investing App for iOS
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Acorns links your checking account and invests spare change from purchases through that account. Your portfolio is diversified and transparent, and you can deposit or withdraw at any time. Android and web versions coming soon.

The Lincoln Penny Portrait

The Lincoln Penny Portrait
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Got a piggy bank filled with pennies? While you convert them into paper money, why not turn them into some art for your wall? You’ll need about 850 pennies of varying shades to fill in the DIY template.

Money Swimming Pool

Money Swimming Pool

James Edition is auctioning off a 20th century Swiss bank safe along with 8 million 5-cent Swiss Franc coins (about $450,000). The safe and the coins were used to campaign for a minimum basic income in Switzerland. Video here.

100 Trillion Dollar Bill

100 Trillion Dollar Bill
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Apparently it takes less than $2 US dollars to be a trillionaire. A Zimbabwean trillionaire, that is. This uncirculated bill was printed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and is perhaps the only funny consequence of hyperinflation.

How Much Money is on Earth?

How Much Money is on Earth?

Learn about how much money we have, how dirty it is and more in one of the most valuable episodes of Vsauce yet. The amount of priceless knowledge packed in the video left us dizzy.

One Dollar Bill Collages

One Dollar Bill Collages

Artist Mark Wagner creates unbelievably intricate collages using U.S. currency. His diverse portfolio ranges from faces to plants to animals to complex scenes and his 14-panel masterwork – Lady Liberty. More here.

Federal 52 Playing Cards

Federal 52 Playing Cards
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Want to make it rain a little harder at your Friday night poker games? Check out Jackson Robinson’s Federal 52, a good looking deck of cards inspired by the engravings on US bank notes and currency. (Thanks Greg!)

Sterling Silver Binder Clip

Sterling Silver Binder Clip
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You probably won’t want to use artist Bud Nickell’s sterling silver binder clip to hand in your next T.P.S. report, but it sure makes for a cool money clip, holding up to 1/2″ of green. More sizes here.

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