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Something I realised, after having to help many international tourists count out their change, is that American coins don’t actually have the number value on them??? Like no wonder all these poor tourists are so confused



it just fucking says one “dime”

what the fuck is a dime

how much is it worth

whose idea was this

oh my god i never even realized that what the hell we all just sort of know what they’re worth through some sixth sense bullshit

and your paper money is a) paper which is bullshit and b) all the same colour and all the same size which is also bullshit

in aus people can v easily tell the difference between our notes and coins and stuff the notes are noticeably bigger the larger the domination and the same w coins only until it gets to the dollars in which case they can smaller but thicker america

noooo their notes are cloth! like, cotton or linen or something! EQUALLY WEIRD. I really want a $1 note to play with but nobody actually exchanges money in denominations that low :C

They’re effectively paper, just fancy paper - cotton “rag paper” is basically a lot like the stuff it’s traditional to print a thesis on, if that gives you a sense impression. They don’t tear as easily, though it’s still possible; if you send a dollar bill through the wash it’ll come out kind of bedraggled and crumpled but unless there was already a rip in it, it’ll still be whole. 

…and wow, I got all confused and was like “what WOULD you make money out of” and looked it up and. PLASTIC? You have PLASTIC BANKNOTES? <keanu> Whoooooaaaaa.</keanu>

So China has very nice, progressively scaled banknotes that move in size from very small (for the “dime” note) to slightly uncomfortable large (for the 100 yuan note.) I thought this was quite convenient, compared to the US “all the same size” thing, and mentioned it to a friend.

He looked and me sort of horrified and said “wait, US money is all the same size?”


"Then what do blind people do?"

I had no idea.

(answer here btw.)

Making your bills different sizes is a totally common-sense thing that both helps blind people and also everyone who tries to tell money apart by feel sometimes (i.e. everyone). Pretty much every country in the world does it, except for the US, because … you know, I have no idea why we don’t do it.

(China actually has some remarkable access features for the blind like raised tracks in the middle of every sidewalk to indicate when to stop, for instance. They’re quite nice for non-blind but clueless people like me, too.)

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Dumbing of Age: Thoughts



Dumbing of Age: Thoughts


me: Yes, well
me: You die in the cold vacuum of space with the passengers you have, not the passengers you wish you had.


What’s better than a waterslide? A tiny waterslide for ducklings! [x]



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Dumbing of Age: Skatin’ 
and as always you can read tomorrow’s strip early over at Patreon

confused, awkward, bisexual danny would make so much sense please.


Dumbing of Age: Skatin’ 

and as always you can read tomorrow’s strip early over at Patreon

confused, awkward, bisexual danny would make so much sense please.

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"Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness."

Lao Tzu (via girlmoss)

(Source: feellng, via terpsikeraunos)

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The Drifter's Escape - in play

a nice thing about a game I wrote, from a year ago.

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I want to talk about my tumblr crush but there is an inherent problem with this operation