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Not all that glitters is gold

Jane Austen to Appear on British Currency

The Bank of England announced today that Jane Austen will be replacing Charles Darwin on the £10 note, making her the third woman to ever appear on British currency (other than a member of the royal family, naturally), behind Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry. She’s also the third artist (unless Wikipedia is steering me wrong), behind composer Edward Elgar and the Bard himself. This comes after protests that with the replacement of Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill, the only woman depicted on British banknotes would be the Queen. The bill also includes a quote from Pride and Prejudice, but I can imagine that it was difficult to resist making it “money is the best recipe for happiness.”

Previously in Jane Austen

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Not all that glitters is gold

Learn How Many Galleons or Federation Credits You Have in the Bank With This Nerdy Currency Converter


This Intergalactic Exchange Bureau currency converter is a must have if you are a wizard trying to make it in the muggle world, have ever wondered how many galactic credits are in your bank, or have felt the need to discover if you are richer than a Lannister.  Above you can see how much Harry won in the Triwizard Tournament, in US dollars. Head past the jump to see some more interesting conversions, and check out the sci-fi currency converter for yourself.

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Not all that glitters is gold

Original Charlotte Brontë Manuscript Goes for $141,000

One of the odd side effects of the digital age is the gradual loss of the acres and acres of handwritten or typed manuscripts that could be catalogued by archivists interested in following the career of an author. With “save” taking primacy over “save as,” those windows (no pun intended) into the process of an author stay shut. Probably there are a lot of writers who prefer it that way.

Like most smaller changes wrought by advancing technology these days, I find this more interesting than depressing or uplifting. However, it does mean that two hundred years from now, probably nobody is going to be bidding six figures for a copy of my Scrivener file.

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Not all that glitters is gold

World’s Economists Address Huge Threat to Global Economies: the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

The Altarian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and last weekend the World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switerland to discuss a single fact: the possible effect of finding life on other planets on the world economy.

Okay, the Altarian Dollar and Flainian Pobble Bead (to say nothing of the Ningi or Pu) are both currencies from The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the WEF is actually about a lot of different issues, but past the colon in that sentence, everything is 100% true. One of the issues discussed by the WEF is the increasing likelihood of discovering life on other planets, and the effect such a discovery could have on the economy of Earth.

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How Much Would It Cost To Be Iron Man? A Bunch, And Since We Had To Ask We Can’t Afford It Anyway

It turns out that the cost of being Batman is small potatoes compared to how much Tony Stark has to shell out as an adorable billionaire superhero.  Unfortunately I don’t think this informative infographic by Money Supermarket takes into account all the bottles of hard liquor that Tony goes through, but I suppose when you’re shelling out $10,000,000 for a Gold-titanium exoskeleton suit, the small expenses don’t matter as much. Hit the jump for the full infographic!

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Not all that glitters is gold

Comparing Finances: Batman and Spider-Man

File under: somebody did this. H&R Block went straight for our nerd buttons by creating this infographic comparing the tax liability, income, and lifestyles of Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker. Probably the most interesting part for us? Despite his vast wealth, it would take Bruce Wayne almost twenty years to earn as much money as the Batman movie franchise has.

But it would take Peter Parker nearly fifty millennia to do the same for Spider-Man.

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Consider the Following

Kristen Stewart is Youngest and Highest Paid Actress on Forbes’ List of Highest Grossing Actresses

Forbes has put out their annual list of the highest-paid actors and actresses in Hollywood, and not only does Kristen Stewart top the list by half a million dollars, she’s also the youngest actress on it by sixteen years.

Which should come as no surprise to anyone who remembers the absolutely astronomical amounts of money the Twilight series has made. I haven’t read the Twilight books, because nobody has managed to say anything to me that makes me want to read them (this is a situation I’m also in with Lost and Game of Thrones, before you start telling me how I’ve made a good decision), but I have watched a couple of the movies recently. And what they left me with, after boring me to tears despite the comedy stylings of Rifftrax laid over them, was grudging respect. Yes, respect.

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Not all that glitters is gold

A Lannister Could Pay His Debts With These Game Of Thrones Coins

There’s a lot of currency being passed around (or stolen) in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’d be happy with almost any prop or replica from I could get my hands on and while I won’t be able to afford that Iron Throne they’re selling anytime soon, I could pick up a few of these coins from Shire Post. Hit the jump for a look at silver stags, Dothraki puli, brothel tokens, and yes, the unique coin of the Faceless Men. 

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Most Prohibitively Expensive Thing I Will Desire Today: A Rotating Solar System Ring Made Out of Meteorite

Do the Want Receptors of my brain care that this single ring costs between thirty-six and forty-two hundred dollars? Do they care that it’s on jewelrydesignsformen.com? No, in fact they’re suggesting that for that amount of money, an order customized for my child-sized hands should probably be included. Here’s what the ring is made of:

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Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

In the Battle Between Vampires Vs. Zombies, Vampires Have Made Way More Money

People love their supernatural monsters, and as we know, zombies are having a moment right now and have been for a couple of years. Some might even say that the vampire craze (given a Beatles-like tween boost by the success of the Twilight franchise) has fallen by the wayside just a little bit. But if you only knew how much bank vampires have been making in the past 20 years alone compared to zombies, you’d be the slightest bit blown away. Yes, zombies have pumped $5 billion into the economy over the past few decades, but vampires have made $10 billion — on movies alone. In just the past two decades. I guess it’s time to prepare for Occupy Transylvania, everyone!

Hahaha, just kidding. The remaining functions of the zombie brain don’t allow them to be offended by the financial disparity.

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