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message 1: by RandomAnthony (last edited Aug 31, 2009 05:35AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14537 comments Check out this slideshow...


Anybody get any money with weird messages on it? Heh...I want to make a TC dollar now...

message 2: by Heidi (last edited Aug 31, 2009 05:42AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10826 comments !!! :D !!!

I love the KISS one.

I once got a dollar bill that was clearly torn up into pieces and then taped back together. WTF. I wasn't sure if I could use it, but the convenient store clerk took it.

message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14537 comments Yes, I've had torn bills, too, and snuck 'em back into the system...:)

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments When I was twelve a friend of my parents gave me five ten dollar bills, all painstakingly origamied. It presented a problem, since clearly they were meant to be used, but they were too pretty to use. I kept them for two years, until I unfolded them as part of the payment for my second electric guitar.

That was the monumental day of my first and second solo subway rides to Brooklyn, and the day I learned the life lesson Music Stores Don't Take Checks (hence the unfolding of the beautiful origami bills).

message 5: by Angie (new)

Angie (angabel) I have had horrible luck trying to get places to take even ratty bills with no tape on them. It was REALLY bad in India, even if a little corner had been bent to the point it almost tore; they refused to take it. The US seems to be better about it, and sometimes banks will exchange your bills if you take them in in person.

message 6: by Julie (last edited Sep 09, 2009 01:21PM) (new)

Julie | 568 comments I almost became a korean geisha girl once.
But it didn't work out.
Possibly because I am not Korean.

*edit* oops, I read the title of this thread as weird things people do to make money.

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Well, you made me laugh Julie.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Me, too. :)

message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt | 819 comments I'm now smiling as I imagine a geisha girl wearing a fake mustache.

message 10: by Julie (new)

Julie | 568 comments Yeah, the mustache could have been part of the problem too.
No wonder that old korean man didn't want to buy me a car.

message 11: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) I thought Geisha were Japanese? Or am I being too Asian Specific?

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

If Julie wants to be a Korean Geisha, I say let her.

message 13: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) Damn! one of those days already. lol

message 14: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10826 comments Stephen wrote: "I thought Geisha were Japanese? Or am I being too Asian Specific?"

I was thinking the same thing, Stephen.

message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Stephen wrote: " Damn! one of those days already. lol"

Oh no Stephen, there was no stearnest to what I was saying, it was just a flip statement.

message 16: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) Whew! However, I do like Korean food. And Koreans.

message 17: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090910/t... I think this might fall under the rubric of stupid things people do with money.

message 18: by Julie (new)

Julie | 568 comments Technically, they are Japanese. But if there is a similar thing for Koreans, I don't know the term. So I just say Korean Geisha.

message 19: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (stephenT) Or we could go ahead and coin the "Koreisha." :-)

message 20: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24485 comments Mod
Several times I've gotten bills with the "Where's George" stamp. When I do, I always enter them into the website.


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message 22: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Clark, how much you wanna bet someone's tried to pay for a meal at Burger King with that currency...and got away with it?

message 23: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Isn't it some kind of federal offense to deface money? Or, is that just photocopying it? :)

message 24: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 04, 2011 07:48AM) (new)

Gus wrote: "Clark, how much you wanna bet someone's tried to pay for a meal at Burger King with that currency...and got away with it?"

Even after one of the employees marked it with one of those pens to see if it's counterfeit.

message 25: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11729 comments Weird things people do to money? Well, there's always what Matthew Perry said to Jon Stewart this week.

message 26: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 3476 comments The guy who taught me to make a bill into a bowtie told me that he made one once and taped it to his shirt so that he could get into a fancy restaurant. Probably not true.

message 27: by Jonathan (last edited Feb 04, 2011 03:59PM) (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Another weird thing people do with money: spray it with oven cleaner.

Counterfeiters do this to $1 bills in order to remove all of the ink so they can then reuse the paper to print fake $100 bills. This is apparently the easiest way to get access to the special paper that the government uses for currency, which has colored filaments running through it and reacts chemically to those fake-detector pens that Clark mentioned.

There's a very interesting book on the history of counterfeiting in America called A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States. Worth a read.

message 28: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 04, 2011 04:51PM) (new)

I have a $1 note my sister and I put aside when we were young. I wrote a note on it as follows “Save for peanuts payable in 20 years i.e. 12/4/2003.” The note was put into my dictionary. It is still there today. After 20 years notes are no longer currency. We now have coins for 1 and 2 dollars. I showed my daughter a USD note recently, she laughed because it was paper. Our notes are now plastic.

Here is the note from my dictionary.

Note: it is filed under 'M' for money.

message 29: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Plastic?

message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

From Wikipedia

Polymer series, The first polymer banknotes were issued in 1988 by the Reserve Bank of Australia, specifically polypropylene polymer banknotes (produced by Note Printing Australia), to commemorate the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. All Australian notes are now made of polymer.

message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Larry wrote: "Plastic?"

They asked at the Australian Federal Reserve if they wanted paper or plastic Larry.

message 32: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Polymers -- one day we will be buried in polymers that never degrade.

Good one, Jim. I can always count on you.

message 33: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I suppose their money lasts longer?

message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

That was the main reason behind the change.

message 35: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Never heard of it.

message 36: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I will happily take any "dirty" money off your hands that you don't want.


(What can I say, I'm just selfless like that.)

message 37: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments I suppose it would be OK if we mailed it to you?

message 38: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Sure! No problem.

message 39: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I keep reading the thread title as "Weird Things People Do To Monday."

message 40: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11729 comments You and Charlie Sheen, always buying coke.

message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't like what those tri-fold wallets do to our currency.

message 42: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24485 comments Mod
Finally, I see a fresh dollar bill signed by Timothy Geithner. In 2011! He's been treasury secretary since 2009!

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