Who doesn’t love money?? Everyone loves money and would love to never have to worry about running out of it. Everyone knows what money is used for – buying things, right? Correct! But do you happen to know what goes into making the money that we use every day? Or some of the unusual facts about that money in your pocket? There are more facts about money than you could probably imagine!
Here are some fun facts about money that you might have not known.
– U.S. paper money is not paper. It’s cloth. In Ben Franklin’s day, people repaired torn bills with a needle and thread, none of that Scotch tape!
-Serial numbers are not just numbers. They also use letters as part of the alphanumeric code for the 12 Federal Reserve Banks.
-The ink used for money is high tech—very high tech. It has traceable, magnetic, and birefringent (color changing) properties. So next time you think to print fake money make sure you have the right machine to do so! Okay, just kidding. Printing fake money is a federal crime, so don’t get caught! Okay you got me, just kidding again. Don’t ever print money! But I’m sure everyone knows that.
-The blue ribbon woven through the new hundred dollar bill contains thousands of micro lenses that make the Liberty Bell appear to dance. Do you have better moves than the Liberty Bell? I challenge you to test it out in public and see if anyone looks at you weird. They probably won’t.
-Pennies buried in a garden will repel slugs, which get electric shocks from touching copper and zinc. Wow no more need to go buy slug repellant when they eat up your garden! Is slug repellant actually a thing? Who knows!
-Sailors used to pass the time by banging on the edge of coins with the heel of a spoon, then cutting the middle out of the thickened rims to make rings for their loved ones. Who knew, wedding rings don’t have to cost you thousands of dollars! Just make one out of a quarter! I’m sure your significant other will love it…
Now that you know some fun facts about money, maybe you’ll end up on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and answer one of these questions correctly! But then I will be asking for half your winnings:) Stay Wise!