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Dr. Evil woulda loved this

After ordering some beef panang curry at the local mall's food court, I went to put a dollar in the tip jar. I had to stop and stare, though, as in the bottom of the tip jar was a one million dollar bill.

Yes, I said a one million dollar bill.

It had Grover Cleveland on the front.

Million dollar bill (front)

Fake, of course, but it looked pretty close to what you would think one would look like. I don't think that any real million dollar bills were ever printed, but this one had the look.

It was the exact right size and color. It'd been printed on heavy paper that could be mistaken for rag cloth for a moment or two. They even tried to put some of the newer security features on it, that you see on new tens and twenties. It had "million" printed on it in yellow ink in patterns that are nearly like those on a twenty, except the zeroes/O's didn't match the cross pattern that photoshop looks for. You could see the dot matrix ink dots if you looked close.

Of course, the real give-away was the Jack-Chick-esque religious screed on sins nicely printed around the border of the bill on the back. I wish I'd had a better camera with me, so I could show it in more detail.

I pointed the bill out to the lady behind the counter and we laughed like crazy. That was just a really great social hack, even if it's probably illegal as heck.

Million dollar bill (back)


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May. 9th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
It's not illegal!
Well, you have to follow hte guidelines, but because of the way the US currency works, you have certain rights to work with it...
Hang on.
HEre: http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/04/how_to_fool_photosho.html
May. 9th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)

General information about the reproduction of banknotes:
The Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, Public Law 102-550, in Section 411 of Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations, permits color illustrations of U.S. currency, provided that:

  1. the illustration is of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of the item illustrated;

  2. the illustration is one-sided; and

  3. all negatives, plates, positives, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof are destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use.

May. 9th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
This breaks parts 1 and 2, it looks like.
May. 9th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)

Unless, of course, the US Treasury never printed a $1,000,000.00 bill.

I mean how can you counterfit something that doesn't exist.

In case you were wondering.
May. 9th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Later on the same page, we find that someone else has managed to avoid violating laws while producing million dollar bills:


May. 9th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
So it is illegal? OK. I thought you meant making fake, look alike bills in general. If I'm not (even more) mistaken, that up there refers to making actual pictures of bank notes, e.g. a picture of a genuine design $5 bill, whereas the one you saw had the design altered so it's no longer covered?
May. 9th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
You may be right. There seems to be evidence that million dollar bills aren't illegal to make, so long as you don't try using them as money, which would be fraud or somesuch.
May. 9th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the difference in the UK is. I know that there's something about defacing coin of hte realm which may include e.g. making spoof money from real money.
May. 9th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Crosspost this to evil_scientists, if you would?

May. 9th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Erm. evilscientists, rather.

May. 9th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
I think it's also whether or not you actually try to pass it off as currency. . .
May. 9th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of this going around lately. Are people getting greedier, dumber or both?

Ah well. At least in this case it was just for fun. That'd be a really cool tip to get, actually. :)
May. 9th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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