Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Do not fold, spindle ...

The most-quoted writers are anonymous. Proof? Who wrote: "This side up." Or ...
"Use no hooks."
"Garbage in, garbage out."
"Do not fold, mutilate or spindle."
"Make that a vente."

The defense rests.


In 1954, guess what was the hot button in U. S. Senate investigations? Comic books. The inquisition was even televised. Before the scare, more than twenty publishers were cranking out close to six hundred and fifty titles each month. Bam. After the hammer fell, censors made Betty and Veronica switch from such form-fitting blouses. The number of titles dropped from 650 to around 250. Read more in “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America” by David Hajdu.

Wired Magazine offers new views of the money you carry around:
--you may have enough traces of cocaine in your wallet to attract a drug-sniffing dog because traces of the drug are found on the majority of greenbacks in the U.S.
--the dollar bill is usually retired after about 21 months of circulation but coins knock around for 30 years.
-- there's not enough of it. Personal observation.

Speaking of money, the value of the dollar has dropped so much that cab drivers won’t accept U.S. currency in Cuba. In Cuba!


Anonymous said...

It's "Fold, spindle or mutilate," and I didn't even know what spindle meant...Bob

The South Plainsman said...

Kilroy was here.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where you got that crap about cab drivers in Habana not talking dollars. That's BS.Almost the entire underground (ie, unofficial) economy is based on the dollar. It's almost impossible to trade euros anywhere except in official (or government) stores, which do way less than half the grocery, wine and whisky business in the country. And after I heard that same urban myth about the dollar, I emailed my ole bud
in Habana to make sure all this is still true. It is gospel, according to this retired choir director. It
makes a great story, and it's true that the dollar isn't any more the gold standard in the rest of the
world; but it still is in Cuba, where the infusion of dollars (hard currency) from relatives in the US is still about one-third of the total national income...Kinch

Anonymous said...

No wonder I can't get a good 5 cent Cuban cigar anymore.My nickel is no good.----Goose

George Phenix said...

It has to be true. This is a blog.

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