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• The word cash comes from the Chinese word 'kase' meaning small coin. 'Money' comes from the Roman goddess Juno Moneta, who stood guard over the temple where coins were minted. A dollar is called a buck because before money was minted, a buck skin was a common form of currency. • The word 'check' came from the game of chess. Putting the king in check means his choices are limited, just like a modern day check limits opportunities for forgery and alteration. • The dollar sign $ originated with the Spanish abbreviation meaning 'peso' being a combination of the letters PS.

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• It costs 2.4 cents to manufacture a penny, and 6.2 cents to manufacture a bill. • The first coin that bore the name United States of America was minted in 1787. It was worth a cent and bore the slogan, "Mind Your Business." • When the first U.S. mint opened, individual citizens could take their gold and silver there to have it made into coins, free of charge. • The most valuable U.S. coin is the $3 gold piece minted in 1870. There is only one known to exist. • All coins currently minted have a portrait of a president on them. By law no living person is allowed to be portrayed on money of the U.S. • If you count 150 one dollar bills per minute and count 16 hours a day it would take you 20 years to count out a billion dollars.

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Building in Cairo, Egypt. In a fit of terror or anger, the doomed sheep rushed the executioner, who then lost his balance and fell to his death. • Ever wonder why so many coin banks are shaped like pigs? Here's the story: In ancient times, a lump of clay was called a "pygg." A clay bowl formed from this lump would often be used to hold loose change, and it was called a pygg bowl bank. According to legend, at a later point in history, a potter unfamiliar with the term received an order for several of these pygg bowl banks. Instead of the bowls, he made coin banks shaped like pigs; they became such a hit that they're still around today. • The Puritans wouldn't allow the singing of Christmas carols. *** Thought for the Day: "'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.' That is why so many persons don't fool with it." -Dan Kidney

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• It was a wise man, Will Rogers, who observed, "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." • Cleopatra's husband was her brother, Ptolemy. • Melanie Roberts, a 41-yearold Ohio woman, was forced to have her left leg amputated. Shortly thereafter, while still recovering, she was shocked to receive a $600 bill for the funeral of her leg. Evidently, she was supposed to pay for the limb's burial -and the bill was even broken down into the separate costs for the plot, the minister, the hearse and the gravediggers. • The name "Alice" means "noble kind"; "Amy" means "beloved"; "Angela" means "messenger of God"; and "Amanda" means "lovable." • During the Muslim feast of Al-Adha, a sheep was to be sacrificed on top of a four-story

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MONEY (continued): • If someone gave you a million one dollar bills, you would need a box three and a half feet wide by two feet deep by five feet long to carry it all, Answer: which isDell. approximately the size of a coffin. A VERY LARGE NUMBER • There are only 7 denominations of paper mon• ey Edward Kasner mathematician. 1938 commonly in was use atoday in the U.S.:In$1, $2, he was asked to come up with a name fordea $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. The highest very large number: the numeral one, followed nomination ever issued was the $100,000 bill, by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young which had a portrait of Woodrow Wilson on it. nephews what name they would suggest. It is no longer printed. • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a name • About all billsAincartoon circulation $1 bills. out ofhalf the of funnies. striparecharacter Anamed dollarBarney bill lasts 18 months in circulawasabout very popular. Milton chose tion. A coin about 25 years. Barney’s lastlasts name for the number. announced new3/5ths nameintact for the • • AKasner damaged bill that the is still canbig be number in for his full next face book,value. alteringIfthe spelling. redeemed only 2/5ths left,years it can be redeemed forand halfSergey face value. • are Sixty later, Larry Page Brin Less than that andinternet it's worthless. developed a new search engine. Other search3 engines searched webpage and • About out of every 10,000each bills are counterfeit. ranked them according to how many times a • Paper money is made on from 25% and specific term appeared them, butcotton Page and 75% andtheir 0% search paper. engine It's more like cloth Brin linen designed to search for the specific than paper. term and then find out how many links there were that led back to that page, • All 50 states are listed on the top of the Lincoln which resulted in a better search engine. Memorial on the back of a $5 bill. • They decided they needed a name that • Ifreflected an asterisk appears of thethe serialsearch numhow manyin front websites ber on a was bill, itsearching. means it'sThey a replacement the engine took the for name original, which was defective. of Edward Kasner’s very large number, only they misspelled it slightly, it ended being • There's about 1.2 trillion so dollars in up coin and spelled exactly the same way the cartoon bills in circulation in the U.S. character Barney spelled his last name. What’s • Ifit you have $10 inatyour pocket and no debts, called? (Answer bottom of page) you are wealthier than 25% of Americans. COMPUTER FACTS

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