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The $1 bill carries a spiritual message

Question: What does the pyramid with the open eye on top on the back of the dollar bill signify?

Answer: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says the design comes from the reverse, or spiritual, side of the Great Seal.

The 13-step pyramid symbolizes strength and durability. It is unfinished to indicate that the country is always growing.

The eye represents the eye of Providence, and rays of light around it illustrate "spiritual above material."

The words "Annuit Coeptis" above the pyramid translate as: "He (God) has favored our undertakings."

"Novus Ordo Seclorum," under the pyramid, means "New order of the ages," heralding the beginning of the new American era in 1776.

Tabloid tale of wealth

Question: A story circulating on the Internet told about a man who made a killing on the stock market. He said he was a time traveler who came back from the future, and that was how he knew which stocks would go up. What became of that?

Answer: The story originated in a supermarket tabloid, which reported that federal investigators had captured 44-year-old Andrew Carlssin, who parlayed $800 into $350-million in weeks.

Carlssin reportedly confessed to having traveled back in time more than 200 years, armed with knowledge about stock market winners and losers.

The tabloid quoted unnamed sources at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC reported receiving several calls and e-mails after the March 19 article was posted online, but SEC officials said the story was "pure fantasy that belonged in the same file as "Elvis Shrine Found on Mars.' "

In a follow-up, the tabloid said Carlssin had jumped bail before a court hearing and disappeared.

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