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18 crazy money facts for a Happy New Financial Year

Here are 18 crazy interesting money facts to usher in the new financial year:

  1. Early humans used blood and bat poo as money.
  2. The world's first paper money was created in China 1400 years ago.
  3. In 1923, the German currency became so worthless that people used it as wallpaper.
  4. The idea for the first ATM was conceived in a bathtub.
  5. Cash contains traces of the flu virus... and cocaine !!
  6. Paper money can transport live flu virus for over two weeks.
  7. Arguing about money is the top predictor of divorce, a study found.
  8. Americans spend more money on pets yearly than Germany spends on its entire defense budget.
  9. There are more credit cards than people in the U.S.
  10. More Monopoly money is printed annually than real money.
  11. The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built - it cost US$ 150 billion.
  12. Drug lord Pablo Escobar had so much cash that rats ate almost $1 billion of his money each year.
  13. At a spending rate of $1 million a day, it would take Bill Gates 218 years to spend all his money.
  14. Zimbabwe abandoned its own currency in 2009 and currently has 8 official currencies as legal tender including the Indian rupee.
  15. There are more than 700 crypto-currencies being publicly traded today.
  16. One of the first Bitcoin transactions involved buying a pizza for 10,000 BTC - that's crores of rupees as of today !!
  17. India's first conference on virtual currencies is being held in Mumbai on 23rd May, 2016.
  18. Bob Marley's final words were "Money can't buy life".