Thursday, January 20, 2011

getting them here from there

Found these images in a congressional testimony from a few years ago. It's about North Korea and how super-high-quality counterfeit $100 bills known as supernotes are smuggled into the US. Don't worry: There are only several hundred million such forgeries out there in circulation, compared to nearly $1 trillion worth of Federal Reserve Notes in total. Then again, there are also the counterfeits coming from Columbia. And Peru. And Nigeria. And Italy...

Could be a lot worse, though. We could be on the euro.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Here is the banner ad I saw while reading this story about the Arizona shooting on local news site Where to begin?


Saturday, January 1, 2011

no counterfeits, please

Disregard the hair. Note the sign. Where are counterfeiters laundering their Benjamins these days? Dumpy ice cream shops at outlet malls in Woodburn, Oregon, apparently.

DW: Why don't you take anything bigger than a $20?

Server: We get a lot of counterfeits here.

DW: No S**t?!

Server: Really. Not that I would know if I was holding a fake or not.

DW: Therein lies the rub.