let's make no bones about this. The Australian bank notes are among the best designed in the world and the USA's are crap. Here each note is a different length and a different colour. There's not much chance of accidentally getting these boys mixed up:
But over there in America...
Paper money discriminates against the blind- May 20- AP
WASHINGTON - Close your eyes, reach into your wallet and try to distinguish between a $1 bill and a $5 bill. Impossible? It's also discriminatory, a federal appeals court says.***********
Since all paper money feels pretty much the same, the government is denying blind people meaningful access to the currency, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday. The decision could force the Treasury Department to make bills of different sizes or print them with raised markings or other distinguishing features.
The American Council of the Blind sued for such changes, but the government has been fighting the case for about six years... (news item thanks to Bob Morales)
CYBER-GENERATED BEDMATE -NY Post- May 20, 2008 --
An NYU grad student has a unique, two-dimensional take on modern love.********
Drew Burrows, 28, rigged a mattress, computer and projector to simulate a slender brunette in bed, asleep by the time you've come home from a long day's work. Burrows had his project - titled "In Bed" - on display last week, allowing art patrons to lie down next to the two-dimensional sleeping beauty who would eventually roll over to cuddle. (link thanks to Bob Morales)
Hilarious:Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as Laurel and Hardy in Brokeback Mountain. (Youtube) (link thanks to hayley campbell)