Friday, September 21, 2007

New Design for Five Dollar Bill Announced

[Here it is]

I like this quote from the AP article about it:

"We wanted to put a giant purple five on the back," Larry Felix, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said in an interview with The Associated Press, "Like, really huge. So we used a powerful new design tool that we recently learned about called 'Microsoft Word Art'. You just go Insert>Picture and then choose Word Art, and you get like 30 options, some of which are sort of 3D and some have like rainbow colors in them? Like, all the colors of the rainbow? And then a shadow effect, so it looks like it's standing up? We may use some of those when we redo the ten. We might also add clipart of a unicorn or something; we're looking into the options on the Office site. So far, nothing as Lisa Frank-y as we would like, but we're still poking around. Oh, hey, and also? We are complete fucking retards."

Hamilton riding a unicorn? That would be awesome, actually. I'd totally use that in exchange for goods and services, if you know what I mean.


Molly said...

The new five is so stupid looking it seems foreign.

Patrick M~ said...

There’s a quote by the bureau director that I’ve read a few times that can only be described as goofy-assed:

“We wanted to eliminate any similarity or confusion on the part of the public between the $5 bill and the $100 bill.”

“What is wrong with our public?” you may be thinking. But the context (which is usually omitted) is that 5s and 100s have similar security features that are located in the same place, and so counterfeiters have been bleaching the fives and printing the image of the hundreds on the blank paper.

If you have any further questions, please send them to me. The charge is five dollars (*wink*).