Plastic or polymer banknotes were first developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1988. Advantages of such banknotes are quite obvious: they last significantly longer than paper notes, have lesser environmental impact, a reduced cost of production and replacement and incorporate many security features not available to paper banknotes, including the use of metameric inks. The United Kingdom, Chile, Nicaragua, Republic of Maldives and some other countries have introduced plastic banknotes into circulation too. Here are the best looking plastic banknotes out there.
China has the population of over 1.381 billion which is constantly growing. Plus, as of 2015 the country has dropped their “one child policy.” Today, Chinese couples are allowed to have 2 children per household. The government hopes that it will help to balance the country’s demographics. In the meantime, their population will continue to grow even faster now. And as you will see in these pictures, China is already very crowded…
Sometimes depression can be not that obvious and can affect people the way we don't always see. Here are the photos uploaded by an Imgur user about their depression and how they decided to deal with it.
Bernie had a series of mini strokes that resulted in severe kyphosis (hunched forward), in a back surgery in 2011, he also couldn't turn his head to the right, and lastly, had problems with short term memory. So, what he did to deal with it, he started working out. But he did it in stages to achieve his goal. And already in 2012 he started winning fitness competitions.
Ryan Howells, 30, decided to lose weight to enter the BodyPower challenge and change his lifestyle. Look how this overweight dad transformed his body and turned it into a bodybuilder’s physique in only 16 weeks.
Amancio Ortega is a mysterious founder of Zara who has just surpassed Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man. Ortega’s company Inditex rose 2.5% which boosted his fortune to $79.5 billion. Whereas Bill Gates' net worth is $78.5 billion. But despite his impressive wealth, he is almost unknown to the public. The reason to this is that the 80-year-old Spaniard is very discreet and his privacy is his number one priority.
Hundreds of beer-lovers were present at an inauguration of what is known to be Europe's first "beer fountain" a couple of days ago in Slovenia. Six Euros ($6.75) gets you a special glass with a microchip that allows customers to pour a very modest decilitre of beer five times from any of the five different taps.
La Tomatina is a festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol, Spain where participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight just for entertainment. The festival was launched in 1945 and has been held on the last Wednesday of August. This year around 22,000 people were participating in this gigantic tomato throwing fight. Well, it sure looks fun.