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And the band played on...

I can't recall whose LJ I saw this in, but it's strangely apropos in light of a recent story I hearded:


CONGRATS!
You're a Gin & Tonic! Smart but mellow, you let conversation come to you.
Discover your ALcoHoLiC personality!


We like the moon, though it drives us to drking:

You are

Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne



. o O ( I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me and she becomes me. I cease to exist. )

"Huh."

What "Buffy" Character Are You?




Edit, 23:00 CST: A random thought on metallic currency (well, coins) that gondhir psotted reminded me of several things...

1. The Chinese (as is often the case) are to be credited with the invention of paper money, which led, over about 900 years, to the obsolescence of minted coins. [1] Ironically, we also introduced early metallic currencies such as spade, knife, and coin money. [2] Here's an interesting article on the history of money that documents the adoption of many important coin and paper currencies. [3]
2. My ancestors had a very odd relationship with money.


  • My paternal great-grandfather was a noted philanthropist who drove through our ancestral city (Pingdu in Shandong province) with a waggon of silver coins, handing them out to peasants. His elder son, my granduncle, was 30 years older than his second son (my paternal grandfather), and was a notoriously profligate spender. In the few years before he caroused himself to death, he managed to squander nearly his entire inheritance (and bankrupt his stepmother and baby brother).

  • My father's maternal grandparents were rather eccentric people. A family anecdote from the early 1920s illustrates this. My great-grandfather on my father's mother's side once couldn't find a penny and went all over the house looking for it. My great-grandmother was so anozzled by this that she claimed she ate it.

    GGF: Wot? Yew ATE it?
    GGM: Yes. Aye eat munny. (GGM eats a penny)




3. tippance is a rilly cllo word (attributed to Cat, a Broilerette); part pittance, part tuppence. I think it's worthy of honorary inclusion in the Teunctionary.

Trivia: Why did Marco Polo's contemporaries in the court of Kublai Khan (hu2bi1lieh4 or Khubilai) call paper money "flying money"?

Speaking of coins...


Here's the most capitalistic of my three NationStates:

The Borderlands of Holbytlan Plains
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

UN Category: Capitalist Paradise

Civil Rights: Average
Economy: Frightening
Political Freedoms: Average

Location: Balrog Cuttings


The Borderlands of Holbytlan Plains is a huge, devout nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its hard-nosed, hard-working population of 227 million are either ruled by a small, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The enormous, pro-business government devotes most of its attentions to Commerce, with areas such as Social Equality and the Environment receiving almost no funds by comparison. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, followed by Information Technology and Gambling.

Young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, the nation's first space rocket -- sponsored by Pepsi and shaped like an enormous soda bottle -- is being developed, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, and the Holbytlan Plains Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a problem. Holbytlan Plains's national animal is the samurai jack, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the wooden flokarino.

Holbytlan Plains is ranked 1st in the region and 2,901st in the world for Fastest-Growing Economies.


Wibbletrask (its parent nation) has over 3 times as much income tax.
Methinks a Meep River Tea Cake Party may be brewing.


[1] The first recorded issue of paper money was during a coin shortage in 806 A.D., under the Tang dynasty emperor Xian Zong.
[2] The Lydian trite pre-dates spade money by 50-100 years and Chinese coins by at least one century, though.
[3] Did you know that rejecting imperial paper money (issued by the Yuan emperors Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan) was a capital offense in 13th-century China?

--
Banazîr

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Dec. 3rd, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
Ze coins!
See, that's what I mean! Fanks for this.

Hugs,
Hax
banazir
Dec. 3rd, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Ze coins!
See, that's what I mean! Fanks for this.
Um, yer wlelcome.
(Yew find this more interesting than the fax that aye yam Agent Gin & Tonic? :-D)

Hokaz, I'm rilly orf now! Bye!

--
Banazir
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