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You can't take it with you, unless you're Chinese

Pennylicious, the new money blog from Alex of Neatorama fame, has a great bit on "hell money," which (name notwithstanding) doesn't seem to have anything to do with taxes:

The Chinese believe that after someone dies, his (or her) spirit goes to the afterlife, where it lives on pretty much like in real life. And so just like in real life, you'll need money in the afterlife - lots of it. So how does one get money in the afterlife? Through surviving relatives and friends, of course, who burn these "hell" banknotes or money to send it through (probably because Western Union has yet to open a branch in the afterlife).

The afterlife probably has one hell of an inflation problem - the denomination on these banknotes are huge! This one above is a $8 billion note (the number 8 is considered quite lucky in Chinese culture).

The Chinese don't mean to neglect their more virtuous ancestors; the "hell" in "hell money" is probably just an English mistranslation, so heavenly types get theirs too. You can read more about the Chinese afterlife at yogichen.org and (no relation to Neatorama) Sinorama magazine.

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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

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