Financial Cents: Posts About History

A Brief History of Debtors’ Prisons

Does a prison for not paying your debts sound like something from a nightmarish future? Wrong! It's a real thing from our nightmarish past!

Posted on: June 10, 2019


Pro Athletes Make a Lot of Money, and Free Agency Is a Big Reason Why

Before free agency was instituted prior to the 1976 season, baseball players had almost no way to field multiple offers from multiple teams.

Posted on: May 27, 2019


A Brief History of Sick Days

When it comes to guaranteeing paid medical leave, the United States is behind many European nations ... and possibly the Ancient Egyptians as well.

Posted on: May 17, 2019


National One Cent Day: The Long History (and Murky Future) of the U.S. Penny

Pennies pre-date the U.S., dating as far back as Anglo-Saxon Britain, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that they'll be around for much longer.

Posted on: April 01, 2019


Here are the 10 Weirdest Taxes in History

If you really hate taxes, then may we suggest not getting your bagels sliced in New York City and not wearing a beard in Tsar Peter the Great's Russia.

Posted on: March 22, 2019


A Brief History of Point-Shaving in College Basketball

There are good ways to make an extra buck and there are not-so-good ways ... and there's point-shaving, which is a really bad way.

Posted on: March 15, 2019


Money at the Movies: Will The Oscars Reward a Box Office Winner or a Total No-Show?

Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody were international smash hits, while Roma drastically increased its viewership by skipping theatres entirely.

Posted on: February 21, 2019


How Have Movie Stars’ Salaries Changed Over Time?

Movie star salaries have actually gone down in recent decades, but don't worry, shares of the box office have been keeping Hollywood's biggest stars in the green.

Posted on: February 14, 2019


Love and Money: A Brief History of Dowries

After a strong 3,000 year run dating back to Ancient Babylon, the practice of wedding dowries is finally going out of fashion ... for the most part. 

Posted on: February 06, 2019


Here Are the 10 Most Expensive Commercials Ever Made

Two things that a lot of these ads have in common are the Super Bowl and celebrities—which makes sense, as both those things are super expensive!

Posted on: February 01, 2019