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You Can Now Buy Soil from Justin Bieber’s Hometown

Shut up and take my money! Ebay seller thatsridonculus offers a vial of dirt from Stratford, Ontario–the hometown of Justin Bieber. It’s now priced at a mere $39.99! And that’s just the beginning. Think of the potential resale value! Link -via Daily of the Day

Is too much praise a good or a bad thing ?

Japanese researchers have claimed that praise is as good as money at making people work harder. It’s something that has been debated amongst scientist…

The Most Indebted Man in the World

Got a mortgage and credit card debt? Think you owe a lot of money? However much money you owe, that’s peanuts compared to what Jérôme Kerviel owes. As Matthew O’Brien wrote in Quartz, Kerviel is [...]

Man Gets Back £51,000 He Stole

Apparently being a thief pays. 19 years ago bank manager Otto Neuman stole £150,000 in cash, gold bars, and gold coins from his own branch. When he was caught there was only about £51,000 left in cash and the gold recovered. In a bureaucratic twist of events the bank did not claim the money because their [...]

Unusual and Fascinating Coins and Currency

In a continuing series on coins and currency, Dark Roasted Blend has a roundup of weird designs and stories about money. When the USSR was formed, and again when it crumbled, new money was designed for various areas that you may never have heard of. For example, Transnistria is a strip of land bordering Ukraine [...]

Biking the Hiawatha Trail

When you read about the huge cost (in money and lives) of building railroads through the roughest parts of America, you have to wonder what it would be like to travel those routes. The guys at For 91 Days found out when they rode bikes on the 15-mile Hiawatha Trail in Idaho. The Hiawatha Trail opened [...]

11 of the Richest People in History

Coming up with a definitive list of the richest people of all time is almost impossible, thanks to the difficulties that arise with comparing different currencies and adjusting for inflation over thousands of years. But these 11 men were up there in the 0.001 percent of their time—and they were all just a little bit [...]

How Much Does James Bond Cost Taxpayers?

The license to kill doesn’t come cheap! Find out how much money James Bond’s fancy clothes, cars and gadgets cost the British taxypayers: Link – Thanks Jack!

What if Money Were No Object?

While this question may seem trite, it is truly valuable if we actually consider it: what would you like to do every day, if money were no object? What do you value and enjoy, absent issues of money? In this short video, philosopher and writer Alan Watts is quoted, matched with inspirational [...]

Why Did the U.S. Abandon the Gold Standard?

Some have called for a return to the gold standard. How would it affect the economy? What is the gold standard? It’s a monetary system that directly links a currency’s value to that of gold. A country on the gold standard cannot increase the amount of money in circulation without also increasing its gold reserves. Because the [...]