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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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

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.

Laser Cut Dollar Sculptures

Laser Cut Dollar Sculptures

Brooklyn-based artist Scott Campbell uses a laser cutter to create these intricate sculptures from US currency. His other work can be witnessed (and purchased) at his legendary Saved Tattoo.

Cat Bank

Cat Bank

While you could deposit your money in one of those Japanese cat toy banks, we much prefer the action of the real-live kitty depository. Though the only interest you’ll earn is paid in Cat Chow.

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Shredded Money Portraits

Shredded Money Portraits

Evan Wondolowski uses shreds of discarded old U.S. Federal Reserve notes to create portraits of celebrities and politicians. Each bit is individually glued in place, shadows accented with charcoal.

Octopus Money Clip

Octopus Money Clip
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Show them you mean business with Cosmic Firefly’s gold-tone money clip, accented with detailed engraved scrollwork and an awesome shiny octopus emblem.

Penny Hockey Set

Penny Hockey Set

Play a pick-up game on any smooth surface with Joshua Brassé’s pocket-sized penny hockey kit. Holds three pennies, and the sides convert into tiny goals. Here’s hoping it holds U.S. pennies too.

$57 Dollar Catch

$57 Dollar Catch

Danamal55 was counting some cash when his kid brother was hanging out and told him he could keep any bills he could catch when thrown up in the air. Little bro’s got mad bill-catching skillz.

Money to Burn Candle

Money to Burn Candle
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A great gift for wanna-be ballers and high rollers. Pretend to burn a roll of Benjamins for less than a Hamilton. It would’ve been funnier if you had to light up the roll itself though.

Death to Pennies

Death to Pennies

C.G.P. Grey explains the history of the copper penny, and the reasons that we should discontinue these economically inefficient coins, which cost nearly 2 cents to manufacture.

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