On Jan. 1, 2002, 300 million people in 12 European countries ditched their old coins and bills and switched to the euro. This weblog kept track of the quirky human side of this gloriously epic yet tediously mundane transition, with correspondents in ten countries sharing their experiences.
Your hosts were David F. Gallagher, an American journalist living and working in Milan, Italy, and Joyce-Ann Gatsoulis, an American journalist living and working in Athens, Greece.
Andreas Purkott is a German graphic designer living and working near Heidelberg, Germany.
Graham Spencer, a.k.a. Graybo, runs a small nursery and event management business in Chichester, England, where he also lives.
Sue Kane, a.k.a. pseudo morph, is an American who has lived in the Dutch province of Brabant for 18 years.
German man claims the 10 euro note is making him impotent. It's all down to the chemical tributyltin which the note contains. How consumers can tell that it's the ten euro note and not other denominations that are causing the alleged effects is beyond me. Then again, if it's a problem, they could always lace the 5 euro note with Viagra to compensate...
While attempting to scrape all the spam from my inbox today, an amusing piece caught my eye. I wonder who'd take advice and give their trust and money to someone who can't get the name of the currency right (I don't want to know the answer).
From: Reply-To: To: administrator
Subject: New Euro Currency...for FREE!!
Received: from [18.104.22.168]; Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:39:11 -0800
From firstname.lastname@example.org Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:40:32 -0800
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Emphasis added. And by the way, I went to the website advertised and they had a nice picture of a US dollar bill. No euro.
The euro is obviously still in my mind as something new: I had a dream last night about getting lots of "foreign" euros in my change. Reality strikes back soon, though. So far, a German euro is the only one I own.