16 Mind-Blowing Facts About Money That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
Harriet Tubman will soon replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman in more than a 100 years and first African American ever to appear on the front of a paper note. But this is far from the first big change our nation currency has seen.
Pennies used to be a lot snarkier
Renaissance nerd Benjamin Franklin designed America’s first U.S. penny in 1787. Instead of E PLURIBUS UNUM, it was emblazoned with the motto: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS”. Make sure you know these interesting facts about the White House you never learned in history class.
That eagle was a celebrity
The eagle on your money may have a name. From 1830 to 1836, a certain bird swooped into Philadelphia’s U.S. Mint building so often that workers named him “Peter the Mint Eagle,” cared for him, and allegedly used him as a model for coin engravings for years to come.
Pennies could bankrupt us
Today, it costs more than a penny to make a penny. According to the U.S. Mint, it costs them roughly 1.7 cents per coin. These are the eight presidential myths that you need to stop believing right now.
Your change makes the TSA wealthier
Change adds up fast. In 2015, the TSA reported collecting $765,759.15 in loose change at airport security checkpoints across the country. They get to keep it all. Here are 11 incredibly fascinating facts about the FBI you’ll never believe are actually true!
Money: the ultimate compost
Today, we trash them. A farm in Delaware mulches more than four tons of worn-out U.S. cash into compost every day. Check out these 18 science facts your science teacher forgot to tell you!
Machine rejecting your bill? Microwave it
It takes about 4,000 double folds (first forward and then backward) before a bill will tear. It takes far fewer folds for a vending machine to reject your bill—but you can fix that by popping your Washington in the microwave for about 20 seconds to crisp it right up just like this video.
Most paper money never sees puberty
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Bill death happens more often than you’d think. With a lifespan of about 4.5 years, the $10 bill is our shortest-living note. Our longest-living note, the $100 bill, lasts only 15 years. (Think you’re well-versed in state trivia? Check out these 50 astonishing facts about each state!)
$2 bills are not as unique as you think
$2 bills are seen as a rarity, but there are more than 1.1 billion of them in circulation. You can request some from most local banks.