Pulse Rate March 2011

The international standard for the dimension of credit cards is 3.370 × 2.125 inches.

Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip collectively grossed $5.55 billion in 2009 according to the American Gaming Association.

The world’s most expensive cheese will set you back around $500 a pound. It is made from the milk of 3 select moose on a farm in northern Sweden.

75% of all the gold in use across the world has only been out of the ground since 1910 at most.

The formula for a credit card number (usually 16 digits): A single digit Major Industry Identifier, a 6 digit Issuer Identification Number, an Individual Account Identifier that varies in digit length, and finally, a single Check Digit.

The “Amero” is the hypothetical currency of the hypothetical North American Union, a proposed economic and political assemblage of the US, Canada and Mexico.

“Superdollar” or “Superbill” is a term used by the US government to describe counterfeit $100 bills of exceptionally high quality. North Korea is the top suspect, as it is believed that the degree of authenticity can only be achieved by the use of governmental funding and resources.

All Euro coins are not created equal. They all have the map of Europe on the reverse, but 20 of the 27 countries in the European Union have their own design on the obverse. No worries, all are interchangeable.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman asserted that the 1929 stock market crash did not cause the Great Depression, it was actually caused by a series of panics between 1930 and 1933 that gutted the banking system.

The designation for what has to be the strongest safe in existence, as tested by Underwriter Laboratories, is Class TXTL-60. This safe can withstand an hour of assault from mechanical, electrical and cutting tools as well as 2 separate 4-ounce charges of high explosive.

The coupon as we know it today was created by Coca-Cola in 1894. The coupons were redeemable for a free glass of the beverage and were sent to potential customers and inserted into magazines. It put the company on the map.

The appellation “blue-chip stock,” referring to stocks with the best reputation on the market, comes from the fact that the blue chips in a set of standard poker chips always have the highest value.

Loan sharks in the ancient world? The Code of Hammurabi, one of the oldest collections of laws in existence, sets the interest of overdue business loans at between 20 and 30 percent.

Some perks for former Presidents: Free postal service for non-political mail, free office space, as well as up to $150,000 a year for 30 months to help with the transition into ex-Presidency.

Perhaps the strangest-shaped coin ever produced were $10 silver pieces minted by the nation of Nauru to commemorate the introduction of the Euro. The coin is shaped in a rough outline of Europe. Even stranger is the fact that Nauru is an island in the remote South Pacific with no ties whatsoever to the distant region.

About 300 Treasury auctions are held nationwide each year, with bids being taken on items forfeited because of federal law violations—including real estate, vehicles, jewelry and much, much more. Part of the proceeds go to restitution for victims of fraud. There’s more info at treasury.gov.