The Vatican Bank (officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion) is the only bank in the world that allows the user to select "Latin" as the language of choice. Dominus providebit -- the Lord will provide.
That penny in your pocket may not be worth much, but its cheapness did not carry through to the manufacturing process. Due to rising costs of metal, as of 2016 the US Mint spend about 1.7¢ to make each penny, and about 8¢ for every nickle.
Ida May Fuller (1874-1975) was the first recipient of United States Social Security benefits. Her first check arrived on January 31, 1940 and totaled $22.54. That was a pretty good deal for her, considering that she retired after having paid in only three years of payroll taxes, totaling $24.75. Mrs. Fuller lived for another 35... Continue Reading →
Walmart generates sales of $36,750,000 every hour. To put that in perspective, if it took you five seconds to read that last sentence, $51,041.67 entered Walmart's cash registers during that time. From those sales in their 11,620 stores around the world, Walmart earns a profit of $2,099,100 each hour. That comes out to $583.83 for... Continue Reading →
The planet 55 Cancri e is essentially a diamond -- and a very big one at that. At twice the size of earth, it is estimated to be worth $26.9 nonillion (269, followed by 29 zeros). Strangely reminiscent of the Planet Midnight in the BBC television program Doctor Who, this real life diamond planet orbits... Continue Reading →
Who hasn't heard an older person complain that a dollar just doesn't buy what it used to? Imagine what it was like in Hungary in the immediate aftermath of World War II, when the nation encountered the worst case of hyperinflation in history. Because of the instability of the national economy, something that cost 379... Continue Reading →
If you are traveling to the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, you might consider using a credit card, rather than having to convert your cash into local currency. The legal tender currency is called Rai, and it consists of doughnut-shaped stones, ranging from 3.5 cm (1.4 in) to 4 meters (12... Continue Reading →
There is one -- and only one -- operational ATM in Antarctica. source
One of the last official acts of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) before leaving for Ford's Theater where he would be fatally shot was to sign legislation that created the United States Secret Service. While the Secret Service would ultimately be charged with the responsibility of protecting the President of the United States, it can hardly... Continue Reading →
Zimbabwe's rate of inflation in 1998 was 32%. That's bad by any standard, but little did they know how well off they were. Just ten years later the inflation rate was 11,200,000,000% for one month. By November 2008, per one estimate, prices were doubling every 31 hours. Its currency had sunk to such a low... Continue Reading →
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." -- PJ O'Rourke
"Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now." -- President Harry S Truman
The top treasury official for the United Kingdom, Lord Randolph Churchill (1849-1894), while Chancellor of the Exchequer, expressed his confusion about decimal points: "I could never figure out what those damned dots meant." source
New York hotel magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million for the upkeep of her Maltese terrier, Trouble. However, after the will was contested, the dog was left with only $2 million. That’s still more than two of her four grandchildren, who were left with nothing.