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People Are Awesome: Mystery Man Gives Strangers Wads of Cash

From Cape Town, South Africa, to Las Vegas, Nevada, he's on a giving spree with a catch. The Lucky ones must spend the money for good.

He roams the globe with a camera and a fat wallet. He's been known to brighten the day of Italian opticians, South African 7-Eleven clerks, and Mumbai cabbies. Wearelucky is the project of a mysterious man who recently came into "more money than he'll ever need," and instead of blowing it on a Virgin Galactic spaceflight has decided to pass it along to strangers. He signs email simply "X" and his generosity comes with a deceptively simple catch: with the money, they have to do something good. They also have to pose for his camera. "I didn't just want to share the money" he says. "I wanted to share the responsibility that came with it. I would take a few photos, ask a few questions and build a gallery of Lucky people and stories." We've collected some of our favorite images above and the mystery man talked with us about "maximizing smiles" and why so many of his lucky people are plucked from bar stools.

GOOD: The site leaves the visitor with a lot of unanswered questions about you. Do you want to remain anonymous? What can you tell us about yourself?

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Why Are 1 Billion Dollar-Coins Just Sitting in the Federal Reserve?

The Fed has piles and piles of dollar-coins that no one wants. How did they get there?


The government has been complaining it's broke, but NPR reports that more than a billion dollar-coins are sitting unused in government vaults. It cost more than $300 million of your tax dollars to produce these coins and now, apparently, no one wants them.

The surplus is the result of a program started in 2007 to put the images of every deceased U.S. president on the coins, in addition to the Sacagawea dollar-coins that the government still mints. The Fed is even running out of room to store them. Their solution­: Build a new storage facility at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, at a cost of approximately $650,000. The situation has gotten so bad that three Democratic Senators sent a letter on Monday to the Federal Reserve urging them to explain themselves.

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Would You Want to Live in a Cash-Free World?

When asked if they'd ditch bills for good, Canadians replied with a resounding "yes!" But for some, a cashless world is bad for business.

Imagine a world where you didn't have to go to the corner store ATM and pay an extra $2.50 just to pay someone back. Or where no matter what restaurant you stepped into, you'd be able to pay with a swipe of a card or a flash of your phone.

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