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Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]

Large-Denomination US Currency

Once, the United States issued $5,000, $10,000, and even $100,000 bills. Why on earth would someone carry bills that big, especially back when they were really worth something? Believe it or not, it wasn’t just to save space in fatcats’ wallets. When the Treasury started printing these giant bills, their main purpose was making transfer payments [...]