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Decoding A Dollar Bill

Have you ever wondered what the letter inside the circular seal means on the front of a dollar bill? The black seal with the big letter in the middle signifies the Federal Reserve Bank that placed the order for the bill (A = Boston, B = New York City, C = Philadelphia, D = Cleveland, E = Richmond, F = Atlanta, G = Chicago, H = St. Louis, I = Minneapolis, J = Kansas City, K = Dallas, and L = San Francisco). This letter also corresponds to the black number (Federal Reserve District) that is repeated four times on the front of the bill. For example, if the bill is from St. Louis with the letter H in the circular seal, then the number on the bill will be 8 because H is the eighth letter in the alphabet.

 

Fun Facts About Armadillos

  • Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning "little armored one" and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd looking creatures. The number of armored bands identifies the different species. Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells.
  • Only one species, the three-banded armadillo, can roll itself into a hard armored ball to defend itself against predators. Other armadillo species simply dig a hole quickly and hunker down so that their tender stomach is protected and their armor is the only thing visible.
  • There are 20 armadillo species in the Americas; most live in Central or South America. Only the nine-banded armadillo is native to the United States. The nine-banded armadillo is the official state small mammal of Texas.
  • Some armadillos are very small, while others are huge. The smallest is the pink fairy armadillo, which is about 6 inches long. Giant armadillos are the largest species and are about 5 feet long, according to National Geographic.
  • Baby armadillos are called pups. According to the San Diego Zoo, twin births are common. Nine-banded armadillos have four identical pups of the same gender in every litter, and the seven banded armadillo has 8 to 15 identical pups at one time.
  • Armadillos can live anywhere from 4 to 30 years. The median life expectancy for three-banded armadillos is around 16 years.

 

Just For Laughs

Q. What do you call a snowman in the summer?

A.   A puddle!

 

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