Tuesday, June 12, 2007

OT: the real purpose of those coinstar machines

It's not that there is a dearth of things to talk about in town.... but for some reason the motivation is lacking. So in the spirit of Induced Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex under stress, here is a story I thought would make more waves last month. If you didn't see this, it's too funny: It turns out that recently a new colored Canadian quarter (as in a coin worth one fourth of a loonie) called a poppy quarter set off a massive spy warning in the US. Some US contractors saw the things and thought they were some sort of nanotechnology spy devices. If it were April fools day I would write this off as a joke.. at the very least you have to believe it was not as big an issue as the media would make it out to me.. but even if there is a speck of truth in it then the counterintelligence folks need a vacation. . Maybe it is just an urban legend. or maybe not?

Actually, I wanted to check if this was an urban legend and all I came up with was this story about how the original dies for the Canadian Loonie coin were lost because they were handed over to an anonymous commercial delivery person when being sent to the Canadian mint for production. Can you imagine.


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