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Saturday, March 02, 2002

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...

Monday, February 25, 2002

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).

To: administrator
Subject: New Euro Currency...for FREE!!
MIME-Version: 1.0
Received: from []; Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:39:11 -0800
From Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:40:32 -0800

On January 1st 2002, the European countries began using the new Euro Dollar. Never before have so many countries with such powerful economies united to use a single currency. Get your piece of history now! We would like to send you a FREE Euro Dollar and a FREE report on world currency. Just visit our site to request your Euro Dollar:

http://[web address intentionally erased].com
In addition to our currency report, you can receive:

* FREE trading software for commodities and currencies
* FREE online trading advice via email
* FREE trading system for stock and commodity traders

Find out how the new Euro Dollar will affect you. If you are over age 18 and have some risk capital, it's important that you find out how the Euro Dollar will change the economic world.

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.

Sunday, February 24, 2002

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.