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  1. What Awesome American Woman Would You Like to See on the $20 Bill?

    The face of progress.

    The year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and the Women on 20s campaign wants to commemorate this by replacing Andrew Jackson with a woman onto the $20 bill. W20 has a list of candidates for the public to vote on.

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  2. Pass Go, Collect Real Money in Monopoly Boxes in France for the Game’s Anniversary

    Well, Euros always kind of looked like Monopoly money anyway.

    In France, 80 boxes of Monopoly will ship with real money in addition to the fake money needed to actually play the game. It's nice of them to still include the game money, but I don't think anyone would mind if they had to go buy a second box of Monopoly to both play the game and spend their free cash.

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  3. How Much Money Can You Win in a Single Episode of Jeopardy!?

    ...and why it's unlikely anyone will actually win it.

    Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek appeared on The Nerdist Podcast recently. It's a really interesting interview, and if you have an hour and a half to kill, it's a great way to do that. At one point host Chris Hardwick wondered what the theoretical maximum a player could win in one episode was, so we did the math.

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  4. Young Woman’s Facebook Post Cost Her Dad $80,000

    "Hey, Dad? Why'd you unfriend me?"

    Kids are expensive. Food. Clothes. Toys. $80,000 Facebook updates. That last one's not all that common, but it happened to one father/daughter team in Miami when an update from the daughter cost her father an $80,000 lawsuit settlement.

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  5. Let Science Explain Why Super-Rich People Are Dicks Who Will Literally Steal Candy From Children

    Their "affluenza" probably doesn't help. Where's the vaccine for that, anyway?

    Man, tensions have sure risen between the incredibly wealthy and the entire rest of humanity lately, and some among the wealthy have taken to throwing out comparisons between their "struggles" and Nazi persecution. Because yeah, sure, that's reasonable. So, let science explain the phenomenon of out-of-touch rich dudes.

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  6. How Much is Monopoly Money Actually Worth?

    Fun with numbers! Fun with numbers! Fun with numbers!

    We tend to use the term "Monopoly Money" to imply something is worthless, but is it really? Does Monopoly money have any real value? Well, no, obviously. It's paper money from a board game, but it's still a thing people buy, so it has to be worth something, right? Let's figure out the exchange rate of dollars to Monopoly money. For reasons.

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  7. Here’s Hoping a Potentially Incredible Fossil Find Doesn’t Vanish Into a Private Collection

    Because why would anyone want an important fossil find to be in a museum, where it could be studied? It belongs by rights to the wealthy, because they are better than us.

    A pair of fossils discovered in Montana -- a T-Rex or close relative and an unidentified triceratops relative -- could potentially teach paleontologists a great deal about their respective species. Since they're going up for auction later this week, though, there's a real possibility that researchers will never even get to see them.

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  8. Group Tries to Give Out Free Money to Incredibly Suspicious Strangers, Fails Miserably [Video]

    And people say us New Yorkers are cynical.

    What happens when you try to give people money for free? FatAwesome recently gave it a shot. Several harmless looking guys, each in an ill-fitting white top and khakis, apparently went to various locations in Boston, and held out cash, saying "Free money!" and other variations. The video taken shows that Bostonians are suspicious, to say the least.

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  9. Jane Austen to Appear on British Currency

    Not all that glitters is gold

    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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  10. PayPal Computer Error Briefly Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion Fortune

    We get that money is a social construct, but is there even that much of it in the world?

    Chris Reynolds is your average small-town Pennsylvania resident who uses PayPal to buy and sell vintage car parts on eBay. While a fun hobby, he never expected it to make him successful beyond his wildest dreams or anything -- so you can imagine his surprise when he received his monthly statement in the mail and found that PayPal had mistakenly credited him with approximately $92 quadrillion. Geez oh man, think all of the overpriced hair twigs you could buy on Etsy with that kind of money! Like, at least eight or nine very fancy, very overpriced twigs.

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

    Not all that glitters is gold

    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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  12. England Might Put Jane Austen on Their Money: When’s the U.S. Gonna Step Up Its Game?

    Seriously, are presidents really the best we can do?

    The Bank of England hasn't been afraid to mix it up with their national currency these past couple of decades; starting in 1970, they've been printing historical portraits on some of their money, including such notable figures as Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, and Florence Nightingale. Now it looks like celebrated novelist Jane Austen might get a place on the £10 note, according to the bank's retiring governor. Between this and Canada's dinosaur coins, why is everybody else's money so much cooler than ours? Come on, USA, get with the times!

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  13. The New Canadian Five Dollar Bill Has Space Robots on It, Makes Presidents Look Lame

    It looks like if Canada has just decided if they have anything interesting to announce, they're just going to let Chris Hadfield do it from space. I'm prepared to say this is the right call, because let's face it -- dude kills. Case in point: Yesterday saw Hadfield introduce the world to the new Canadian five dollar bill, a piece of currency notable for featuring the first ever image of a space robot to grace cold hard cash.

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  14. Original Charlotte Brontë Manuscript Goes for $141,000

    Not all that glitters is gold

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

    Not all that glitters is gold

    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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  16. “Elephant” May Be Our New Favorite Expense Account Line Item

    Look, we've all padded an expense account or two at some point in our lives. There's no shame in it, and frankly, anyone who denies doing it here and there comes off as a litte Ned Flanders-style creepy. There's such a thing as taking it too far, though, and Hans Peter Martin, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, may have taken the cake, including one particularly eye-catching item on a recent bill he expensed to that august body -- a 2,200 euro charge labelled "elephant."

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  17. Artist Hides Check for His Entire Life Savings in Gallery Show, Declares Finders Keepers

    It's never been easy to make one's living as an artist, but these days it seems like getting your signal through all of the background noise can be even more difficult. British artist Tomas Georgeson has come up with an intriguing way of promoting his latest gallery show, reasoning that if you can't get people excited to come to your show, maybe you can just bribe them instead. To that end, Georgeson has hidden a check for the sum total of his life savings somewhere in the gallery and declared that the person who finds it gets to keep it.

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  18. Funny Money: Botanists Say Canada’s New $20 Bill’s Sporting the Wrong Maple Leaf

    Canada recently revamped its $20 bill, resulting in an uproar from Canadian botanists upset that the bills seem to have whiffed on a pretty big point -- Canada's iconic symbol, the maple leaf. While a maple leaf did make it onto the bill, tree and plant aficionados from across the country have noted with some dismay that it doesn't appear to be a leaf from the sugar maple that it represented on Canada's flags and hockey jerseys, but one from the Norway maple, a species that, as its name suggests, isn't even native to Canada.

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  19. Worst Money You’ll Ever Spend: Cough Up $100 to Message a Complete Stranger on Facebook

    You most likely remember your parents repeating the phrase over and over in the hopes that it would eventually embed itself in your adolescent minds: "Don't talk to strangers." Years later, it turns out their advice was taken to heart since Facebook is currently testing an initiative to charge users to message complete strangers outside their network -- though why'd you even want to do so prior to this change is beyond us -- that will set them back $100. The social media juggernaut is still deliberating over the exact price point, but regardless, contacting some random unknown who will most likely ignore your message seems like a quick way to throw money down the drain no matter the finalized cost.

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  20. I Believe You Discounted My Stapler: Staples and Other Online Retailers Tailor Prices Based on Customer Info

    Online shopping -- among other things too numerous to mention -- is perhaps one of the greatest gifts the internet has bestowed upon mankind, allowing us to indulge in the long-held fantasy of shopping without having to get dressed. Still, there's always been an unspoken tradeoff for being able to browse the virtual aisles in nothing but our tighty whiteys, because at this point it's hard to believe such convenience would be free. Online retailers have always been collecting our personal information for their own dubious ends since they hit the interwebs, but a recent investigation by The Wall Street Journal reveals that businesses such as Staples are using this data to tailor prices based on customer location, income, and other factors. It turns out that not all sales are created equal.

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