Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

It Really Is All About This Amazing New Benjamin

Oh, man, the Treasury Department's reboot of the $100 bill is tight. I don't think I've ever been this moved by currency before. I mean, sure, I'm impressed by the symbols of American freedom they've added to the face, and I think the controversial decision to change the vignette of Independence Hall to a rear, rather than front, view, actually paid off-it's bold and different, yes, but also confident and a little aggressive; it makes a statement-but it's the new security features that really have me all atingle. This is money that tells you it is coming from the future.

The blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 note contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note. The Bell in the Inkwell on the front of the note is another new security feature. The bell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell.

It's like we're living in a science fiction novel! I'm glad I lasted long enough to see something like this. Mock me for my exuberance if you must, but I really think this new $100 bill is going to change all of our lives for the better. You know, if we can ever get our hands on one. [Via]


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I'm just happy that when you tilt it Ben doesn't morph into Ronald Reagan.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I had a full-blown Billboner by "COLOR-SHIFTING 100"

Andrew Thell (#4,502)

I was told Mr. Franklin's kerchief would come off when you tilted the bill.

But how much is it?

Flashman (#418)

As a special concession to the unemployed and destitute, if you soak the $1 in tears it changes to $2.

Matt (#26)

Wanna rumble with the bee, huh?

Bzzz. Put a hex on your whole family.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

On the new Susan B. Anthony coins, when you tilt the coin she does the Charleston then commits an unnatural act with a llama.

HiredGoons (#603)

Waiting for the protest rallies…

Waiting for the '"H" is for Hebrew' theories…

roboloki (#1,724)

can it still be rolled up to snort coke off a hooker's ass?

conklin (#364)

You can try, but none will reach your nose. ALL FOR BEN!

sigerson (#179)

+1 – very nice. made me laugh out loud

hman (#53)

Yay Rosa Gumataotao Rios.

Screen Name (#2,416)

I'm sending 38 links to this video to Citibank and calling it a day.

Brian (#115)

MIDI horns ftw

linneaann (#4,365)

ditto, brutal.

sigerson (#179)

That music is so awesome it makes me want to run through a brick wall. KICKASS!

areaderwrites (#592)

Why don't they just concede defeat and start putting the RFID transmitters in all currency? (Oh. Shouldn't give them any more bright ideas…)

jfruh (#713)

Why bother? They've already been implanted in all of our anal-genital areas.

cuiveen (#370)

Is this new bill a Kindle killer? Does it allow apps from third-party developers?

jfruh (#713)


Art Yucko (#1,321)

where the hip-hop culture goes, the hunneddolla billzes gonna folla.

Br. Seamus (#217)

Sweet trailer. I hope this plays in the Lincoln Square IMAX.

belltolls (#184)

It made me dizzy; but not $100 worth of dizzy.

HiredGoons (#603)

Was this new bill leaked at a bar in Redwood?

Abe Sauer (#148) is going to pop wood when it gets to write about how this demonstrates Obama is making good old US greenbacks all colored like that socialist euro money.

deepomega (#1,720)

Glad I'm not the only one that hatereads the RS.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I am a hatereading slut.

Aggressive, indeed. When folding the bill in a certain pyramid pattern (illuminati! NWO!) Franklin is depicted ball's deep at one of his Hellfire Club Orgies.

Br. Seamus (#217)

If you write the words "Obama is a socialist" on the bill, it reads "Obama is a socialist."

How can they add "symbols of freedom" that don't include any depictions of 9/11?

Because they are Communists.

doubled277 (#2,783)

It's about time Money jumped on the 3D train. Holding a 100 dollar bill will be like visiting Pandora all over again

Abe Sauer (#148)

The best part is that, like unobtanium, $100 bill is FICTION to most people now.

doubled277 (#2,783)

Indeed! It's a sad state of affairs when you have to use a 1 dollar bill to snort coke with. I mean, for other people. not me

Rod T (#33)

I just want my government to do correct things, not make videos about the correct things they did.

I prefer Red Stripe.

Hal (#4,530)

Can I get it in gold instead? And you know what? I think it looks like a European currency. I don't like that.

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