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May
20
The Nefarious Past of the Two-Dollar Bill

The $2 has a sketchy past. Shortly after Independence, the Federal Reserve started printing money, but only issued coins at first due to Americans’ average salary of $15/month. Soon after the Reserve's predominant use for the “Tom” (nicknamed for Thomas Jefferson’s image) was for gambling, bribes and prostitutes, so the bill got a bad rap. During the United States Bicentennial in 1976, the reserve started to reproduce “Toms,” but made such beautiful bills that people didn’t want to spend them, thinking that they’d increase in value somewhere down the line. Today, the bills still exist, but comprise a fraction of all bills printed by the Federal Reserve. There are even $2 ambassadors, who visit banks to ensure that the “Toms” remain in ci...


May
19
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The 501® Jean: Stories of an Original

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Believe in your capabilities.


May
14
Overcoming Bad Inner Voices

All of us have deeply unhelpful inner voices inside us, dragging us down with criticisms and unfair accusations. Wisdom involves learning how to replace them with more benevolent guides. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://goo.gl/5VS5Cq Download our App: https://goo.gl/ADBWCH Watch more films on SELF: http://bit.ly/TSOLself Produced in collaboration with Ana Tortos http://www.anatortos.com


May
13
How Instagram Uses Machine Learning To Help You Explore

Head of Community Lab Dan Toffey and his team add a human touch to big data to curate the most personalized content for you to discover. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FastCompany Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FastCompany Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/fastcompany


May
12
You are your own limit.


May
11
These Factory Workers Get Paid To Go To School

Can we make apprenticeships great again? In many cases, automation is changing the workforce faster than we can keep up. Manufacturers say they expect to have millions of unfilled positions. Adapting apprenticeship programs could help close the expanding wage and skills gaps by giving people another option for job training. If you're interested in reading more about the pros and cons to apprenticeships here are some helpful links that I used for my research: Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/training/apprenticeship Cost analysis study from Case Western Reserve University: http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/the-benefits-and-costs-of-apprenticeships-a-business-perspective.pdf Deloitte: https://www2.del...


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