by Ramona Emerson
Dominique Maitre We all know thigh-slimming, butt-lifting, everything-smoothing, skin-tight jeans are money, but you probably didn't know that curve-hugging denim almost caused the extinction of American currency.
Almost 30 percent of the very special cotton blend that makes up our dolla dolla bills is made out of recycled denim scraps, according to an article in the Washington Post.
This was all fine and good until the 1990s, when a little something called spandex began popping up in jeans. While the stretchy fiber looks great on behinds, it's hell on the other bottom line: A single strand of spandex can ruin an entire batch of currency paper. And at this point you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of jeans that doesn't have at least a little spandex-induced stretch.
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