$1.6 Billion in $50 Bills in Australia Were Printed With a Typo

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PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images

Australia's $50 banknote is filled with details; there are so many of them that it's hard to spot the typo that slipped onto the face of the bill. But if you know where to look, you'll see the spelling error that the treasury failed to catch before printing it on millions of pieces of currency.

According to CNN, the $50 bill, worth about $34.90 in U.S money, debuted in October 2018. It features Edith Cowan, Australia's first female member of parliament, with her inaugural speech to the Western Australian Parliament typed out in microprint above her shoulder. The words are hard to read, but in the zoomed-in image below you can see the word that's supposed to read responsibility in the second line is mistakenly spelled responsibilty. The bill also features innovative security features, such as holographic design elements, but the typo snuck by unnoticed.

The misspelled word was printed on 400 million banknotes, 46 million of which are currently in circulation. Altogether, the misprinted currency in circulation totals A$2.3 billion, or US$1.6 billion.

Australia's treasury plans to keep the bills in circulation and correct the error when the next batch of $50 banknotes is printed sometime in the next few months. Other typos of this scale have resulted in major consequences: In 1962, a missing hyphen in some computer code caused a satellite to explode, costing NASA $80 million.

[h/t CNN]

Amazon Customers Are Swearing by a $102 Mattress

Linenspa
Linenspa

Before you go out and spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on a new mattress, you may want to turn to Amazon. According to Esquire, one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market isn’t from Tempur-Pedic, Casper, or IKEA. It’s a budget mattress you can buy on Amazon for as little as $102.

Linenspa's 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress has more than 24,000 customer reviews on Amazon, and 72 percent of those buyers gave it five stars. The springs are topped by memory foam and a quilted top layer that make it, according to one customer, a “happy medium of both firm and plush.”

Linenspa

Perhaps because of its cheap price point, many people write that they first purchased it for their children or their guest room, only to find that it far exceeded their comfort expectations. One reviewer who bought it for a guest room wrote that “it is honestly more comfortable than the expensive mattress we bought for our room.” Pretty impressive for a bed that costs less than some sheet sets.

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and happiness, so do yourself a favor and make sure your snooze is as comfortable as possible.

The mattress starts at $102 for a twin and goes up to $200 for a king. Check it out on Amazon.

[h/t Esquire]

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Zappos Is Now Selling Single Shoes and Mixed-Size Pairs, Making Its Offerings More Accessible

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REVOLT, Unsplash

For people with differently sized feet or prosthetics, shopping for shoes is often more complicated than it has to be. Zappos is now addressing this problem with a simple fix. As CNN Business reports, shoppers can now purchase single shoes or mixed-size pairs from the online shoe retailer.

According to Zappos, customers have been requesting more accessible shoe-buying options for years. For some people with prosthetic limbs and differently sized feet, spending money on extra shoes they don't need is the only way to get the right fit. Some people with amputations and prosthetics may only need to wear one shoe from a full-priced pair.

Thanks to the new policy, these customers no longer have to overpay to get the shoes that are right for them. As of Tuesday, July 14, Zappos shoes from Nike, BILLY Footwear, Converse, PLAE, Stride Rite, and New Balance are officially available to purchase as single shoes or mixed-size pairs. The shoes range from toddler to adult sizes and are priced at $17.50 to $85.

Zappos is the latest brand to make its products accessible to a wider consumer base. For years, Target has been selling Halloween costumes for wheelchair users and adaptive clothing that's easy to remove for kids with physical disabilities.

[h/t CNN Business]

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