# Page 43 - Business Facts

## Ever wondered how much money is actually in a ton?

The expression, “a ton of money” is constantly thrown around, but did you ever wonder just how much money it would take in bills to actually weigh a ton? Because no one would actually withdrawal a million dollars and weigh it, math comes into the equation.

If a single dollar bill is weighed, it roughly comes out to a gram. Ten dollar bills equal 9.83 grams, so a million dollar bills would roughly weigh a thousand kilograms, or one metric ton. However, some more math is necessary.

A kilogram is around 2.2 pounds, so 1000 kilograms would result in just over 2200 pounds, which results in around a ton. So this means if you say I have a ton of money, you literally have a million dollars!

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## The US Postal Service uses mules to deliver to Supai and Phantom Range, Range.

Animals have always been there to help us extend our messages across great distances. From messenger pigeons to the pony express; animals have delivered letters between lovers, parents and children, etc.

In our modern time however, we’ve replaced many of these animals with mechanical vehicles, and most of those letters with e-mail. But, a few mules and delivery men still embark on six-to eight hour journeys through the Grand Canyon five days a week to deliver mail and other supplies to residents of Supai and Phantom Town, Arizona.

Both are relatively small towns located in mountainous regions. Supai for example, only has one small, air-conditioned lodge, one convenience store, and one café serving fast food. However, this has made both towns popular tourist destinations; allowing people to experience small town America with all its natural wonders and mule mail.

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## In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep.

Peeps are marshmallow candies produced by Just Born known mostly as chick or bunny shapes sold around Easter. More than 1 billion of them are made every year.

In 1953, Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company which had hand produced Peeps (though they had a different name at the time). Before being purchased by Just Born, the Rodda Candy Company made each Peep in a painstaking hand-forming process, which took 27 hours for each one.

The Peeps, in chick form only back then, were squeezed out of a tube one at a time and the eyes were hand painted on. Once the company’s ownership changed, however, the production of Peeps was greatly sped up by way of a mass production line.

The time it takes to create them has decreased as technology has improved, and today it takes around six minutes to create a Peep- of course they aren’t made one by one. The machines used to create them make 3,500 every minute.

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Of course eating them is the LEAST fun thing you can do with Peeps, check out this video of us at the office Peep-Jousting

## A company can make you into a FIREWORK after you die!

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Do you want to make a dramatic exit? Well, for \$4000, a company called Angel's Flight will custom create 210 rockets from your ashes. They’re even willing to do the funeral firework display in your backyard if it’s big enough.

For an extra \$1000, your family and friends can sadly watch the display from a yacht. People go to great lengths to ensure that their bodies decompose in the optimal setting.

Donald Trump for example, is considering adding a 1.5 acre cemetery next to his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Members would have the option of being buried at the course in their membership fee of \$150,000. Would you call this post-mortem vanity or rather "going out with a bang."

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## Egyptians were the first civilization to use gold for trade

Gold is virtually indestructible. It is scarce, too. To make a single wedding ring, one would have to pulverize 250 tons of rock and chemically treat it. To this day, only 185,000 tons of gold exist. Here are some other facts about gold:

•  All the gold in the world could also neatly fit under the Eiffel Tower.
• An ounce of gold is worth \$1000 or more today.
• Gold is extremely malleable and an ounce can be pounded down into 5 micrometers thick. Five micrometers, to get a good perspective on it, is 1/10th the diameter of a human hair.
• Gold can be made so thin that it becomes a translucent sheet.
• Astronauts use it as a thin sheet over their visors to protect their eyes from glare.
• Gold also has an anti-inflammatory property to it, as well as other medicinal purposes.
• Egyptians were the first to use it as a coin for money trade, although not the first to use it altogether.
• The first civilization to discover and use it were the ancient Samarians and Mesopotamians, who used it to adorn themselves.
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