4 Totally Fake Currencies That Changed the Course of Real Wars

At the tail end of his time as Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, General David Petraeus commented that "money is my most important ammunition in this war." It was far from an original thought. In fact, you could argue that currency is the most important and least acknowledged wartime weapon. » 5/05/14 9:22am 5/05/14 9:22am

Science Finally Gives Us a Way to Authenticate Premium Chocolate

That fancy premium chocolate from Tanzania that you spent $10 on at Whole Foods last night might not be as fancy or premium as you think. Lower quality cacao is often mixed into even the best chocolate, which is precisely why scientists have now developed a method for authenticating the varietal purity and origin of… » 1/15/14 5:40pm 1/15/14 5:40pm

Watch the Master of Saddleback Leather Give a Lesson in Counterfeiting

If you're looking to get into the knockoff leather game, there could be pools of cold, hard cash in your future just waiting for you to go diving on in. All it takes is a little half-assery, a more-than-questionable moral compass, and the knowledge of where to actually cut those corners—which can be harder than it… » 1/13/14 4:00pm 1/13/14 4:00pm

An Idiot Counterfeiter Returned His Printer with a Sheet of Fake…

It's one of the oldest tricks in the book; if you can't earn money, why not make it? With your printer. Now that doesn't actually work. Making counterfeit cash is really hard. But that won't keep idiots from trying it, apparently. A Wisconsin man took it a step further though, by trying to return his copier/printer … » 3/10/13 7:10pm 3/10/13 7:10pm