My Five Dollar Bills Are Crazier Than Your Five Dollar Bills

By Julianne Dalcanton | June 9, 2010 9:39 am

Exhibit A: Still fighting the Civil War, one Lincoln five dollar bill at a time.

five dollar bill confederate

(FYI, “Deo Vindice” is from the Great Seal of the Confederacy, and is loosely translated by our good friends at Wikipedia as “With God our Vindicator”)

Exhibit B: Showing that crazy deep emotion is not restricted to one end of the political spectrum.

fivedollar_obama001

Poor Hillary, getting robed like that.

Kidding aside, I’m fairly moved by the thought that there are people who have such a depth of frustration that scrawling on currency feels like the only voice they have — one may find the source of that frustration repellent or deranged, but that feeling of impotence in the face of what seems like the end of the world is something most of us have felt at one time or another (Gulf oil spill, anyone?).

(FYI, These two examples are just the ones that happened to pass through my hands during the past few months, but many more examples have been cataloged here and here, the latter being a compendium maintained by a burrito restaurant, of all things.)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humanity, Politics
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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/sean/ Sean

    Now I’m wondering whether you tend to attract more than the average number of crazy 5-dollar bills, or I just don’t look at mine closely enough.

  • MalcolmPF
  • Carl Brannen

    “Other side of the political spectrum”? The Civil war was about the Democrats in the South fighting the Republicans in the North.

  • Julianne

    Carl, are you arguing that the same people who are most concerned about Hilary’s failure to secure the democratic nomination are on the same side of the political spectrum as those hoping the Confederacy will rise again? Duuuude!

  • Low Math, Meekly Interacting

    I’ve pretty much stopped using paper money. The fringe benefits just keep piling up.

  • http://math-frolic.blogspot.com Shecky Riemann

    I wonder if the comments on $20 bills exhibit improved spelling and syntax?

  • http://rationaldreaming.com Dreamer

    “Other side of the political spectrum”? The Civil war was about the Democrats in the South fighting the Republicans in the North.

    Labels change. Yesterday’s southern Democrats are today’s conservative Republicans. It’s simply ridiculous to pretend to be clueless about that.

  • Woody Tanaka

    What boggles my mind is the amount of work it must have taken to put the confederate nonsense on the $5. How bad must your life be to spend that time on losers and traitors who’ve been dead for almost 150 years?

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