Mad Money of the Day: ISIS is Making its Own Currency

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Mad Money of the Day: ISIS is Making its Own Currency
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The terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS) announced Thursday that it is planning to make its own form of currency in the form of gold, silver and copper coins.

According to CNN:

The move is "purely dedicated to God" and will remove Muslims from the "global economic system that is based on satanic usury," ISIS said.

The coins will reportedly contain the phrase: "The Islamic State / A Caliphate Based on the Doctrine of the Prophet," and contain - among other symbols - stalks of wheat, a sword and shield, a crescent moon and palm trees.

Most of the group's income comes from oil, stolen goods and ransom money, so according to Jimmy Gurule, a former U.S. Treasury undersecretary, "you can't just put that money in shoe boxes and place it under your mattress."

Uber Outrage of the Day/Year: Resurgence of Complaints About Car Service’s Surge Pricing

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Lauren in Florida paid $200 to go 11 miles to dinner.

Brook in San Diego paid $92 for a 2.7-mile ride on Halloween.

And Gabby from Baltimore woke up on her 26th birthday to discover the 20-min ride she took home the night before cost $362.

First world problems? Sure. More expensive than it ought to be? Probably.

There is renewed, public outrage this week about Uber's hefty surge pricing, specifically concerning Halloween weekend. After being flooded with complaints earlier this year, the Better business bureau gave Uber an "F" grade, according to the New York Times.

And Uber doesn't seem to really care. Remember the CEO's obnoxious "Pro Tips" about using Uber on New Year's Eve?

Uber Pro Tips for New Year's Eve from Uber on Vimeo.

The company reiterates on their website, in a special Halloween post, that the surge pricing is meant to keep enough drivers on the road during peak hours.

"Surge pricing allows us to remain reliable, even on one of the busiest nights of the year. Our rates will float in real time with fluctuations in supply and demand. Increased rates incentivize more driver partners to get on the roads and ensure those who need a ride won't be left stranded."

So in the meantime, maybe don't take Uber? Or if you must, a new app called SurgeProtector was released this week to help alleviate the problem, as BuzzFeed points out, which shows you the nearest location that isn't currently charging surge pricing.

Treat of the Day: Armored Truck Spills Cash Onto Highway

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Happy Halloween, here's some free money!

Thanks to a faulty door lock, a bag of cash tumbled out of an armored truck Friday morning in Maryland, spilling bills all over the road.

Drivers got out of their cars, but not to help clean up. They sped away with nearly all of the money, except for a mere $200, according to WTOP.

Police are investigating and urging the drivers who stole it to give it back. Good luck with that.

Design of the Day: This is What New Norwegian Currency Will Look Like in 2017

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Design of the Day: This is What New Norwegian Currency Will Look Like in 2017
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The backsides of the new banknotes feature color palettes that look like digitally blurred versions of the images found on the fronts of the bills. Both sides of the bills were selected by Norges Bank during a competition held in the spring of 2014.