20 Unbelievable Money Facts to Blow Your Mind

The Big Money Guide loves a bit of trivia, which is why we are offer 20 unbelievable money facts that will blow your mind. Seriously, these facts are crazy!

1. US Money

US Dollars
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There is approximately 1,200,000,000,000 of US money in circulation. That’s a lot of money, right? Too bad nobody knows where 85% of the money actually is.

Also, if you have £10 in your pocket, you are wealthier than a quarter of Americans!

2. Rich People

The richest 85 people in the world have just bas much money as the poorest 3.5 billion in the world.

3. Monopoly Money

Everyone loves Monopoly, don’t they? So most people are probably aware they receive £1,500 at the start of the board game. What’s even more surprising is the amount is the current average weekly rent fee in central London. Sheesh!

4. Tourism

There is a lot of money to be made in the travel industry! So much so that one in 11 people on the planet earn money from tourism.

5. Cornish Pasties

Cornish pasties
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Cornish pasties are a traditional English delicacy – and us Brits just can’t seem to get enough of them, as they make more money each year that Tonga, Micronesia or the Cook Islands.

6. Bill Gates’ Fortune

If Bill Gates was to donate his entire fortune to the US government, it would only cover the country’s national deficit for 15 days.

7. Izikhothane

Have you ever heard of Izikhothane? You will want to. They are a South African gang/dance group who like to meet in car parks, cover themselves in custard and burn massive wads of money. Yeah, that’s right, we said custard!

It’s basically all about who is the wealthiest member of the group, as they will each burn expensive items to prove they are the wealthiest person. Many of the dance battles are performed using not just money but mobile phones, clothes or alcohol. An opponent is more likely to win if the item they destroy is more expensive that their competitors.

8. Payday Loans

Borrowing £400 from Wonga at its standard payday loan rate for seven years would result in a person owing more than Britain’s national debt. That is some interest rate!

9. 1p Coins

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Do you know those 1p coins you never pick up off the ground? Well, it’s time to start saving them, as there are £100 million worth of penny coins in circulation in the UK.

10. The World’s Most Expensive Phone Number

Do you know what the world’s most expensive phone number is? It’s 666-6666 and it was sold for an incredible £1.5 million in 2006. We wonder if it takes you straight through to the devil himself?

11. Banknote Bacteria

Banknotes are bound to be full of so much bacteria, as they pass to so many people over the years. What’s the most common form of bacteria found on banknotes? It’s the bacteria that causes acne.

12. Santa Claus

In 2009, a man dressed up as Santa Claus to rob a bank in Tennessee. Why did he rob the bank? He claimed he needed the money to pay his elves. Maybe Santa was in debt with one of those expensive payday loans!

13. Hewlett-Packard Printer Ink

It is 20 times more expensive to buy Hewlett-Packard printer ink than it is to buy a 2003 vintage bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.

14. Brian & Helen

Is your name Brian or Helen? The chances are you have amazing credit, as the best credit profiles in the UK are held by men and women with those two names.

15. The World’s Most Expensive Car

1957 Ferrari Testarossa
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The 1957 Ferrari Testarossa is the most expensive car in the world, selling for £10,750,000 in 2011.

16. Ransom Tax

Even kidnappers have to pay tax in America, as their payments are tax-deductible.

17. The World’s Most Expensive Sheep

Now you know what they world’s most expensive car is, we bet you are dying to know what the world’s most expensive sheep is, aren’t you. It’s like we read your mind. Well, just so you know, it cost £231,000 and was sold back in 2009.

18. Dog & Cat Currency

You could once enter the Tower of London for free if you brought in a dog or car to feed the lions.

19. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick claimed he financed his first movies by playing illegal chess for cash in New York parks.

20. The World’s Most Expensive Coffee

Love coffee? You would probably love to try the world’s most expensive coffee, then. Well, that is until you find out it is actually made from the dung of Thai elephants. Yeah, we’ll stick to Nescafe, thanks.

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