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June 22, 2016

How to shrink paper money

Dip the bill in liquid ammonia, then let it dry. Repeat this a few times, and you'll end up with a mini-sized bill.

Of course, most people don't have liquid ammonia lying around the house. So this is a trick only mad chemists can do.

I'm sure that shrinking a bill would be considered defacement of currency and therefore illegal. However, defaced currency remains legal tender (depending on the degree of defacement), so in theory you could still spend your tiny bill, but it would probably be difficult finding a store willing to accept it.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 22, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Money,

June 12, 2016

Man finds $20 inside cheeseburger

When people find stuff in their food that doesn't belong there, it's usually things like cockroaches, small frogs, rat parts, etc. But when Dave Cook bit into his McDonald's cheeseburger, he found a folded-up $20 bill. He didn't complain to the restaurant about the unusual topping. Instead, he took a picture of the burger, finished it, and then called up the local TV news (WTVR in Virginia) to tell them about it.

I don't think a $20 bill is something that would get into a burger by accident. It had to be put there. The question is who put it there: Cook himself or one of the McDonald's employees?

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 12, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Money,

May 19, 2016

Allergic to Money

A few cases from the historical record of people who were allergic to money.

The obligatory joke in this situation: "I'm not allergic to money, but it's allergic to me."

Medford Mail Tribune - Mar 13, 1953



Arizona Republic - Aug 19, 1954



The Wilmington News Journal - Jan 8, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 19, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Health, Money,

May 13, 2016

Honor


Not weird, as many of you are well aware, but worth passing on. A day in November is not the only time we should remember to say:
To all of you who served or are serving in the military, thank you for your service. Your sacrifices should never be forgotten.

Posted By: patty - Fri May 13, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Emotions, Military, Money, Patriotism,

December 30, 2015

Do Not Tick Off Granny

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An elderly Austrian Grandmother spent her final days shredding over a million dollars to keep her heirs from inheriting the money. I guess they shouldn't have put her in a nursing home. Go Granny!

Posted By: patty - Wed Dec 30, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Money, Elderly,

December 28, 2015

Changed name for fortune

1954: Grizel Thomson changed her last name to Inge, and as a result inherited $3,500,000. In 2015 money, according to the inflation calculator, that would be about $30 million. Not bad for a name change.

I can't find any recent info about the Inge fortune, and whether possession of that last name is still required to get the money.

Kansas City Times - Jan 29, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 28, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Money, 1950's,

July 20, 2015

#womenon10

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Further suggestions welcome.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 20, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Money, Scary Criminals, Women,

July 10, 2015

Spocking The 5

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Its not illegal to deface money in Canada. The banks do not like it but the trekkies up north don't care! Live long and prosper ay.

Posted By: patty - Fri Jul 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Futurism, Money,

June 30, 2015

Debtor’s Revenge

In my latest about.com article, I explore the phenomenon of Debtor's Revenge — when debtors decide to get even by paying fines with pennies. Though it's not always pennies. Might be $1 bills, or some other form of deviousness intended to spite the debt collector. There were so many examples of this that I could easily have made the article 10x as long as it was. Also might have mentioned that, if I remember correctly, Chuck once declared this phenomenon "no longer weird."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 30, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Money, Alex,

May 16, 2015

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 16, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia,

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