Five years ago, a fisherman in Deyang, China, buried his entire life savings. The amount he buried totaled about US$5,500. When Wu Chen, 67, and his family recently dug it up, they discovered that the plastic bag the bills were in had deteriorated. Worms and insects had eaten through much of his cash.
Fortunately, according to Yahoo! News, "his local bank – which he didn't trust to hold his savings in the first place – has come to the rescue, swapping the notes that are in good enough condition for fresh ones," totaling a little more than half of Chen's money.
[Source: People's Daily Online]