The piggy bank that pays you to save — a proof of concept.

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In America, the average household credit card debt is over $5,000. The interest that people have to pay on top of the debt? A whopping 16.28%. Americans are going into debt and are paying a hefty sum to live the life they want.

People are paying to purchase things they cannot afford. However, with the innovative applications built on the Terra-Luna ecosystem, this trend may be flipped on its head.

What if there was an application that paid and helped you to save for what you want? …


Blockchain and Cryptocurencies

With Angel Protocol, everybody wins.

WebApp interface for Angel Protocol (Source)

“Give once, give forever.”

With the power of Terra’s blockchain, this is what Angel Protocol seeks to bless the world with.

Angel Protocol is an application that allows donors to turn their contributions into perpetual charity endowments. They take your money, put it to work, and periodically give its yields to the cause of your choosing.

Over what period will those yields continually accrue for charity? Forever.

Your money can make more money for charity in perpetuity. And as its founders have said, this makes giving more sustainable.

The beauty of this initiative is that it does not just benefit…


Who was the Walker behind the whisky?

Johnnie Walker logo, 1909, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

While I always prefer a beer as my drink of choice after a long day at work, my father leaned more on whisky. His humble collection of bottles was always on display whenever we had guests. The poison that was usually offered? Johnnie Walker’s Black Label. For him, it was pricey enough to impress without breaking the bank.

I remember asking him when I was six if Johnnie Walker was his friend and why he had so many of his bottles. He laughed and said that Johnnie was his best friend. …


Axie Infinity can often pay Filipinos more than minimum wage.

Photo from the Axie Infinity Facebook Page, Fair Use

The average daily minimum wage in the Philippines is $8.15. With most jobs requiring a minimum of eight hours of hard labour per day, that works out to around a little over a dollar per hour.

Axie Infinity, an online game powered by crypto, can reportedly make you $50 per day for three hours of gameplay. Crunching the numbers, that works out to around $16 per hour.

Filipinos can potentially earn 1600% above the minimum wage for playing a fun game that makes cute pets fight with each other.

Too good to be true or paradigm shift? Let’s find out.

How does Axie Infinity work?


Bringing life back to your savings to the tune of 20%

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The savings account has sunk, and without an anchor, your savings will slowly drift away.

Interest rates, which is how much the banks are paying you for borrowing your money, have fallen down a whopping 99% since 1985. The inflation rate, which tracks how more expensive everything is getting, is only going higher.

This means that the value of your money floats away when you leave it in the bank.

The Anchor Protocol, a savings account powered by crypto, fixes this.

What does Anchor do for your savings?

Anchor is a savings protocol for your dollars powered by the Terra blockchain. …


Everybody’s favorite ogre has an uncanny resemblance with Maurice Tillet

Maurice Tillet in 1953, photo by IISG, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Big, green, mean, and chunky — all words that accurately describe the Dream Works Animation’s lovable ogre Shrek. From the many movies I consumed in my childhood, Shrek might have been the funniest. And I suppose much of its charm comes from its protagonist’s celebration of his “not-so-charming” looks.

Much to my surprise, I recently discovered that there are camps in the corners of the internet that argue a real person inspired Shrek. That man was Maurice Tillet, a professional wrestler from the early 20th century. His life story was just as interesting as Shrek’s!

A rare sickness


Albert Bandura’s 1961 Bobo doll experiment had some pretty scary results

Footage from Bandura’s Experiment, From Albert Bandura from Standford University (1961), Fair Use via Youtube

In 1961, psychologist Albert Bandura conducted a strange experiment involving children, a clown doll, and aggression. In his Stanford laboratory, Bandura had a woman act aggressively towards an inflatable doll named Bobo the clown. The woman kicked, punched, tossed, and verbally abused the inanimate object. While this was happening, Bandura had a set of preschool children observe Bobo’s ordeal.

After just ten minutes of observation, researchers took each child to a separate room filled with toys to play with it. Soon after, they confiscated the toys and left them with Bobo, the clown.

What happened after was pretty darn scary.

Results


Its buyer claims that it was worth every penny.

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On May 18, 2010, computer programmer Lazlo Hanyecz posted this on a Bitcoin forum:

I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. …


Deconstructing money with history

Prisoners under the Nazi regime (1938), photo from the US National Archives, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

In 1942, Cambridge-trained economist Richard A. Radford found himself trapped in a Nazi prison camp. He was a British soldier deployed in the Allies’ North African Campaign. Unfortunately, their efforts in Libya ended in defeat. German forces then took him and the other Allied survivors to Stalag VII-A. It was Germany’s largest prisoner-of-war camp, located in Southern Bavaria.

Stalag VII-A covered about 35 hectares, and by its liberation in 1945, it kept more than 76,000 prisoners. Radford spent the rest of the war around the compound and chronicled his experiences with a unique perspective.

In 1945, he came out with…


In Ancient Rome, dogs even fought lions.

“A Dog Fight at Kit Burn’s” (1868), James D. McCabe, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

From cocks to spiders, humans have forced animals to fight for their entertainment for centuries. This cruel tradition has deep social roots in many countries and has all sorts of creatures fight to the death. Even dogs, supposedly our best friends, aren’t spared from this practice.

In dogfighting, dogs are pitted against one another in a ring while people gamble on the outcome. Losers usually sustained fatal injuries, while winners often end up crippled.

Where did this cruel sport originate, and how did its practice spread to so many places?

Dogfighting in Ancient Times

Ben Kageyama

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