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Where The Dollar Sign Comes From

Where The Dollar Sign Comes From

This symbol first showed up in the 1770s, appearing in documents of English-Americans who had business dealings with Spanish-Americans. However, it wasn’t until the very early 1800s that it became popularised, around the same time as the first official US dollars were being minted. Previous to this, the symbol had…

Giz Explains: What The Strange Symbols On Your Gadgets Mean

Giz Explains: What The Strange Symbols On Your Gadgets Mean

On the back side of most gadgets, there’s a string of hieroglyphs that look like the bottom line on the eye chart from hell. But this mishmash of symbols and letters is actually essential to international trade. Here’s what each one means and why it’s on there.