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#67116 04/29/02 01:56 AM
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In Canada money is multi-coloured

Likewise here in Oz, although we do have one GREEN note, and I kinda like them. They're worth $100 - that's the biggest denomination we've got. Course, it's only worth about half that to you USns and a third to the Brits. [rolleyes-e] That makes me green with envy.


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Well, I admit we did use to have a green one-dollar bill but that was replaced by the golden loony coin years ago.


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a green one-dollar bill but that was replaced by the golden loony coin years ago.

Speaking of money, not that I want to divert the thread so much, but why is it that the rest of the world is content with using a on-dollar (or equivalent) coin, but people in the US refuse to and simply hoard them as collectors items? It's the same with the metric system, 24-hour clocks and evolution. What is it with the US mindset that makes us at once so technologically advanced and stubbornly stuck in our ways?

I, for one, loved using the 1- and 2-pound coins while visiting England. It's just seems so convienient, yet I don't think I've seen more than one one-dollar coin in the last year.

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Speaking from a retailer's perspective, Jazzo, the coins are a pain in the arse. They are hard to accomodate in the cash drawer, practically no one wants to receive them as change, and the armored car cash pick-up folk refuse to pick up coins. There, my $1.98 cents worth. Want it all in coins?


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Max-- i think one reason cell phone were so slow to take off in US, was we had a huge infrastructure of land lines. and a 5 day wait for a new line was a long wait! In NYC, our crappy telephone company could often get 48 service installing a new line.

We had lots of phones, and lots of public phones, and beepers, and cell phones were just another layer of technology. even very remote places (biker mom has stopped in lately, and she live in a very remote part of country) had access (not always assets to pay for , but plenty of access to) phone lines.

As for $1 coins, i use them sometime, but i have about $5 in singles now, and they are weightless. 5 golden dollars weigh more!
and as for metric, it is used all the time, but no one thinking has changed. many cars are foriegn manufacture, and are metricly tooled, soda and liquor is sold in metric sizes (i buy 2 liter bottle of soda, not 64 oz.) offically we still don't use the metric system, but its creaping in everywhere!


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There, my $1.98 cents worth. Want it all in coins?

And only two of them pennies.


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Oh for the days of paper dollars and two dollars. You could have a whole wad of them in your purse and you'd be none the worse for wear.

Now, if you have five loonies and five twonies you have nearly half-a-pound to cart around. Add the nickles, dimes, quarters and pennies and the weight is way too much.

Doesn't sound like much. Stick a pound of butter in your pant pockets and walk around with it all day, then get back to me.

The only thing that makes the coins worthwhile is that they can last forever - a paper bill - not so much.

The five-dollar coin is just around the corner but the weight consideration is causing some public outcry.


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Stick a pound of butter in your pant pockets and walk around with it all day, then get back to me

ooh, Bel, I love it when you talk dirty =)
so do you like Bertolucci?


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