Funny Money Pictures
Can you spot a real bank note amongst these joke examples of funny money?
A man tried to change a $1m bank note in Pittsburgh, USA. In this real-life case, a man handed over a counterfeit million dollar bill to the cashier at a supermarket, and asked for change.
Police told the BBC that the man became abusive when a manager at the Giant Eagle store confiscated the fake note. He broke an electronic funds-transfer machine at the counter and reached for a scanner gun. Consequently the police arrested the fraudster, and confiscated his funny money.
Naturally, there is no real US bank note worth $1m; in fact since 1969, the $100 note has been the highest denomination in circulation.
Police are investigating whether the bogus note was among a batch distributed last year as a publicity stunt by a Dallas-based religious ministry. Actually, Will and Guy can help the police, there are prank websites that sell funny money; indeed you can openly buy ten Trillion dollar notes for less than $7 at prankplace.com.
While this turned out to be a serious matter involving the police, it reminds us of the old joke, 'Can you change a 9 dollar note?' To which the answer is 'Yes of course, would you like 3 threes, or two fours and a one? '
Talking of phony $3 Bills, here is Bill's $3 bill ........
John Sullivan sent in this 'Three Bucks' bumper sticker. John points out the 'Register 2 Vote' in the small print. The real deal measures 10" x 3".
This bank note featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger has several unusual features. I expected that you noticed the denomination, Eight Dollars; another strange feature of this funny money picture is that I cannot shrink it without distorting the words, Arnie is truly a larger than life character over there in California. Incidentally, did you notice the word 'Governator'?
A rumour circulated that Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, was involved in the £26.5m raid on the Northern Bank in Belfast in December 2004. It was not long before humorists created Gerry Adams pictures on 'funny money'.
One feature of human adversity is that we use humour as a safety valve, hence the appeal of 'funny money pictures' and black humour jokes in times of crisis.
Spring 2009, Obama Barack Issues Food Coupon in America
A US woman has been charged with forgery after trying to use a fake $1 million bill to pay her check at a supermarket. Alice Pike, 35, pulled out the counterfeit note at a Wal-Mart store, in Georgia, to pay for $1,672 worth of goods and asked for change, police said. The cashier immediately noticed that it was funny money, and notified her manager who called the police.
Alice claimed it was all a misunderstanding - she thought the bill was real. 'You can't keep up with the U.S. Treasury,' said Alice Pike, speaking from jail. Pike also told police that she got the bill from her estranged husband, who is a coin collector. Over here in the UK, Will and Guy are hoping that the case features on Judge Judy.
This is a real £1 million pound banknote. But today it's only worth £50,000. Can this be true? Could it be another of Will and Guy's hoaxes? Fact is always stranger than fiction, this is the real deal.
Genuine stories always have verifiable facts, spoofs, you can check at Snopes.com. This real £1 million banknote was issued on 30th August 1948 and cancelled 6 weeks later on the 8th of October 1948.
You can see that this Treasury Note was number 8, in fact nine were issued as part of the Marshall Plan. Seven of the nine were destroyed once they were cancelled. We are assuming that they were paid to the USA as part of the UK's contribution to the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.
Somehow this £1 million banknote survived, and while it has clearly been cancelled, and therefore has no face value. However, it is of considerable value to collectors, hence the auctioneers Spinks' valuation of £50,000.
The Beauty of Bank Notes
Each bank note is a work of art. The engravings are intricate and exquisite, and the picture is chosen with great care. By comparison, funny money pictures always seem rushed and second rate. Naturally genuine bank notes incorporate the latest anti-counterfeit techniques, for example, holograms and metal strips. Furthermore, fake notes use cheap paper whereas real bank notes are printed on only the highest quality paper. Talking of paper, examining the watermark is still the best way to spot funny money.
RFID Chip in President Jackson's right eye
Myth: US $20 contains an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chip in president Jackson's right eye. This is complete boloney. However, this is one of Will and Guy's favourite funny money myths because we can imagine the gullible placing these notes in a microwave to destroy the supposed government tracking tag. All we can say is DON'T microwave your $20 dollar bills. If a suspicion of government spying via dollar bills turns into a paranoia you would be better giving them to charity.
Funny Money Paid for Obama's Education
Myth: Barak Obama's education was paid for by 'funny money'. False, Obama paid for his education by student loans. Anyone who is suspicious could inspect his tax records. However, the way that Obama bought a strip of land next to house continued to attract accusations of financial jiggery-pokery. From the other side of the Atlantic this does not look the most serious charge levelled at an American politician.
The Movie - Funny Money 2006
Chevy Chase is Henry Perkins, an accountant who accidentally trades briefcases with another man. Henry then discovers that there's five million dollars inside the briefcase. Penelope Ann Miller co-stars as his wife.
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