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Why doesn't paper money disintegrate when it gets washed in the washing machine?

Why doesn't washing paper money cause it to disintegrate? Learn how paper bills are made to withstand excessive use (or misuse!).


From Dollars to Dinars: The World Currency Quiz

From Dollars to Dinars: The World Currency Quiz

How much do you know about the currencies used around the world? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How much money do people accidentally throw away every year?

How much money do people accidentally throw away every year?

Accidentally throwing away money is more common than you might think. Find out how much money people accidentally throw away every year. See more »

How Bitcoin Works

How Bitcoin Works

Digital currency could shape all future commerce. Find out about how bitcoins are paving the way for virtual money. See more »

Why would the U.S. mint a trillion-dollar coin?

Why would the U.S. mint a trillion-dollar coin?

Why would the U.S. mint a trillion dollar coin? Keep reading to learn more about why the U.S. would mint a trillion dollar coin. See more »

On the Money: Test Your Knowledge on the World's Craziest Currencies

On the Money: Test Your Knowledge on the World's Craziest Currencies

Throughout the ages, humans have assigned value to all manner of things, from stones to spices. Test your knowledge with our World's Craziest Currencies Quiz! See more »

What would a moneyless world look like?

What would a moneyless world look like?

A moneyless world is theoretically possible. What would it take to make a moneyless world feasible? Learn about a moneyless world. See more »

How much actual money is there in the world?

How much actual money is there in the world?

Exactly how much money is there in the world? Learn how some have counted the amount of money that exists and why it's such a difficult task. See more »

Why are the penny and the nickel the only U.S. coins with images that don't face left?

Why are the penny and the nickel the only U.S. coins with images that don't face left?

The coin images on a penny and nickel face a different direction than other U.S. coins, but why? Learn about coin images and coin faces in this article. See more »

Can I really trade my dollars in for gold bullion?

Can I really trade my dollars in for gold bullion?

The gold standard was a system where every dollar was backed by an equivalent amount of gold. Find out how the gold standard was used in the U.S. See more »

How Exchange Rates Work

How Exchange Rates Work

Exchange rates are something you typically pay attention to when you're traveling abroad. Learn about exchange rates and find out why exchange rates fluctuate. See more »