The origin of the dollar sign has had several different theories. Some are certainly wrong, such as the explanation given in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, The overlap of US became the dollar sign. The dollar sign was in use before the creation of the United States.

The most historically supported explanation is that the dollar sign originated from the marking "ps", which was used to label Spanish / Mexican pesos. Eventually, the p and s overlapped and became the dollar sign.


Penny Loafers

Penny loafers, yo. Loafers have been a mainstay since the 1930's, when Esquire magazine featured photos of Norwegian farmers wearing them.

Penny loafers, with their distinctive straps, were invented by GH Bass & Co, who called them Weejuns. Norwegians... Weejuns... get it? They became part of the prep look during the 50's and 60's. During that time, some people actually stuck pennies in the straps. Thus, the term penny loafer was born.

Well, nowadays the Bass Weejuns are of miserable quality. Instead, I'd recommend getting a pair from Alden. Good prices, available in cordovan, and made in the USA, yo.