Learn the story behind Operation Bernhard, the Nazi plan to counterfeit British pounds and then drop them on the UK to cause economic chaos.
In 2009, a sleepy provincial Italian town was the scene of one of the strangest-ever financial crimes. Two Japanese men en route to Switzerland were found by Italian police to have $134 billion in bearer bonds in a false-bottomed suitcase.
From memory palaces to punching passwords into metal sheets, we look at solutions to the unique security problem posed by crypto’s promise to be your own bank.
From Sumatra to the Caribbean via a Welsh rubbish dump, discover the five most valuable lost treasures, representing over £20bn in value.
Why can’t you create your own money? Fuck about and find out. While historical punishments for counterfeiters and coiners included being fed to wild beasts or hung, drawn and quartered, the modern protection of monetary privilege is more subtle but not less determined.
Discover the importance of the Cantillon Effect. Why being closest to the money spout is a source of inequality, and whether anything can fix it.
The idea of a Circular Economy is increasingly promoted as the solution to our mounting environmental and social problems. But what does the term mean, and is it achievable?
How would you feel if your money expired like milk turning sour? Money with an expiry date, aka demurrage currency, might seem nuts, but could soon be coming to a central bank near you.
From Bullshit Jobs to Japan’s Rental-do-nothing-man we look at jobs that promise to pay you to do nothing. Can you get wealthy without lifting a finger?
When coins were made of silver and gold, for some, the temptation to remove a slither was too great. Coin clipping was widespread despite carrying the death penalty.
Read the story of how Michael Larson, an ice cream van driver hustled his way to the biggest win in game show history.
We illustrate the dull concept of currency debasement by looking back at the Roman Empire, coin clippers, hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic and connect it to the rise of Bitcoin.
A Cicada that waits 17 years underground to emerge; a Squirrel that can memorise the location of thousands of nuts by value. Meet nature’s low time preference specialists.
When you learn how our need for money first emerged, it might change how you value your time and energy today.
Inspired by 80’s sci-fi, Elon Musk envisions a world without work where AI acts like a magic Genie. But how do we get from now to this abundant future?
There are reportedly 3,000 shipwrecks containing lost treasure dotted around the ocean floor waiting to be found. So what’s stopping intrepid treasure hunters from claiming this hugely valuable historic booty?
Nothing can ever be free – gratis. It may seem like a strange statement, but with help from a Greek geek and a Belgian boffin, we can try and explain why.