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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Money in History Part One

posted by on July 12 at 16:24 PM

The people of Yap Island once made money from stone.
The coins in the picture are called Rai and were carried by two strong men.

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God damnit charles, dont fuck this up. if you advocate the barter system i hope every co worker laughs at you.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 12, 2007 4:41 PM

Hey Charles,

Look behind you.

HA! Made'ya look! Sucker!

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 12, 2007 4:49 PM

Finally the Stranger delves into Pacific Islander issues... you all should do more!

Posted by PI Issues finally | July 12, 2007 4:52 PM

Wow chuck, looks like you are gaining weight. Maybe you need to get out and do a little walking.

Posted by ecce homo | July 12, 2007 4:52 PM

How backward. At least women and livestock can move under their own power.

Posted by JaemeCallahan | July 12, 2007 4:54 PM

Obligatory nerd post:

In fact there are three freely convertible currencies in the Galaxy, but none of them count. The Altarian Dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pu has its own very special problems. It exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu. Nigis are not negotiable currency, because Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change.

Posted by JC | July 12, 2007 4:57 PM

ecce homo accuses people of being racist, but then goes on to make racist jokes.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 12, 2007 4:58 PM

How is that racist, Belleview?

Posted by ecce homo | July 12, 2007 5:05 PM

you say charles is some starved african find it funny. also you suck at making flippant jokes because youre too much of a negative asshole for anyone to tell the difference

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 12, 2007 5:15 PM

hey, just like Canada! Man, I hope we don't switch to dollar coins anytime soon.

Posted by Dougsf | July 12, 2007 5:22 PM

charles exhausted the news stories of stupid africans, so he's moved on to exposing the ignorance of other minorities.

Posted by markinmauritus | July 12, 2007 5:25 PM

Thanks Bellview for the clarification.

He is just a pathetic marxist from the failed marxist experiment of Rhodesia.

Altough, inflation is %11,000 in Zimbabwe. Bread costs as much money as a wheelbarrow carries. Chuck might lose some weight if he goes home.

I don't see what is the least bit racist about that opinion, but I embrace your clarification. We must learn to tolerate differences. I agree to disagree.

Posted by ecce homo | July 12, 2007 5:39 PM

@ecco baro

Suggesting that a African journalist in Seattle is in fact a Micronesian tribal island dweller solely because of his ethnicity and your lack of geographical sense could be considered racist.

Just a bit.

Posted by dirge | July 12, 2007 6:10 PM

2-dollar coins rock so fucking much. A dollar just doesn't buy anything anymore.

Posted by Gloria | July 12, 2007 6:56 PM

Um, Ecce H., Iíll give you the benefit of the doubt. The answer to your ďracismĒ question is easy, but Iíll go out on a limb and say youíre serious about an answer. Or maybe someone thinks youíre serious, in case they donít know what the JOKESTER YA ARE. SoÖ

I found several of your comments to be a bit racist as well. Not so much KKK style; a bit Archie Bunkeríry. PG-13, not NC-17 kind of stuff. In Empathy Belly @23 and again above, you took an aspect of Mudede and juxtaposed it upon an image of suffering and another an image of a foreign culture. Off-color humor at that. Take it or leave it kind of humor. I left it.

However, you took skin color into consideration, Mudede and the two images. Did you say (well, write) anything about skin color? No. But we all have mental images of Mudede, emaciated Ethiopians, and that picture of the Yap Islander. Thatís why it was racist humor.
Take an off-color joke, add (skin) color, you got racism in humor form. I like the equation, it works well. If you had used the image of Savage instead of Mudede, then the joke just would have just been goofy.

You see, this is a classic inter-employee complaint. Mudede didnít have to make the compliant, but someone did complain. And guess who settles this bullshit. Trust me on this even if you do not understand the DEPTH of the racism at the bottom of it all.

Posted by Phenics | July 12, 2007 8:04 PM

This is viral marketing for the caveman tv show. For shame Stranger!

Posted by Niggleston | July 12, 2007 9:54 PM

$2 coins do NOT rock! I hate being in London (actually, I love visiting there) walking around with $30 fucking dollars in change in my pocket.

While I'm on the topic, their 2p coin blows my mind.

Posted by Dougsf | July 13, 2007 2:02 PM

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