Good morning! I had a horrible night, but... It's daytime now, time to plan a nap and get something done. (I hope?)
Well, yesterday was fun. I got to repair our catio/porch. Dixie, AKA that fat pain in the butt, decided to try to escape by throwing herself at the screening. Yep, it tore free. She still didn't get out. (She's not too bright sometimes, apparently?) So I was repairing that with staples and cusses and a few drops of blood (ow! yes I Have my tetanus shots up to date), and then Dixie landed on the tool box that Rubbermaid swore could handle anything. Nope. She broke the lid. Cracked it clean in half.
Free to good home: One tortoiseshell cat that is secretly a wrecking ball. OK, joke. I'd never give her up. I might want to scream, and I used a few words I normally don't... She just sat there and blinked at me, either in total innocence or utter idiocy, or both. Darn these cute pets of ours!
Meanwhile, a neighbor asked, "Have you seen my cat?"
Yes. I just got head-bonked by him in the back yard. Here you go. Here he is.
Neighbor said: "I knew he'd be here. All the animals end up at you eventually".
Great. But the cat was adorable. Gave a good head-bonk, too. (In cat language, that's a good thing.)
Weird facts about money (not wired, but still... I'm wired, so clsoe enough?)
North Korea is the world's most efficient and largest counterfeiter of US currency, specializing in $50 & $100 bills.
Interesting to note, US counterfeiters favor the $20 bill. Most people don't look twice at a $20, but how many ofu s walk around laying down $50/$100 bills? Yeah.
A typical $1 bill in the US can only last about 18 months in circulation, due to handling and such. A coin, however, can last 30 years before it's recalled from circulation.
So what happens to paper currency when it "dies"? It's shredded and recycled... to be used in roof shingles and, interstingly, fireplace "logs". So if you use those "logs"? You're burning money. Cool or what?
Some microbes can live up to 17 days on paper currency. And that's why I don't care if mine goes through the washer and dryer. In fact, I iron mine. The average bill --- in Europe or the US/Canada --- has more germs than a toilet. Unless, like me, you steam-iron yours. Which I do. Look, my mom always did, and I thought it was normal till I was almost 40!
When hyperinflation destroys a paper currency, it's often used as wallpaper. No joke. This is attested in the US after the Civil War (Confederate bills were used to line shoes, paper over holes, and allegedly for toilet tissue in a few cases, but that one isn't attested for obvious reasons. Germany currency after WW1 was so devalued that smoe people used it for similar purposes there, or for kids to play with.)
It takes about 15 years to train to be an engraver for the plates that print money. Why? It's incredibly detailed, and also has to be done *backwards* (mirror image). Forget it!
Despite being in the US, Walt Disney World uses its own "currency". Yep. Disney dollars. *headdesk*
Approximately $750K US is collected in loose change every year by the US transportation safety agency.
The late Pablo Escobar spent $2,500 US on rubber bands *every month* to hold his cash in approriate "bricks".
BTW, old coins are recycled into new coins.
And with that randomness, I leave you to a hopefully peaceful Wednesday. Stay well, stay peaceful, we're here for each other, never forget that!
HUGS from the puma
Good morning from the Cranky Cat! Oh, I woke up on the wrong side of every bed ever. Just... tha tkind of morning after too long since decent sleep and solid food. (Back t solid food now, yay!) Anyway, not aided by coming downstairs to discover a certain spouse of mine (and I only have one, mind you) left the counter covered in dirty dishes b/c ---- it's not his job to put away clean ones, and as...