Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Give me a snappy headline, win a Billion dollars!*

Everyone seems to be talking about the billion dollar bill hoax. I'm afraid I'm a little too tired to come up with any snappy repartee for this.

From the AP story linked above:

"'You would think the $1 billion denomination would be a giveaway that these notes are fake, but some people are still taken in,' said James Todak, a secret services agent involved in the probe."

That quote makes Mr. Todak seem a little stupid. Tell me how, exactly, is someone "taken in" by a billion-dollar bill? I'm just not subtle enough to get that.

So, while I try to figure out how a counterfeiter uses a billion dollar bill, I'll wrestle in my own league: was the stupidity, in that paragraph above, that of a U.S. secret service agent, or the reporter who wrote the story. I'm thinking it's the latter.

*Payable in billion dollar bills only, when I have a billion dollars, and pigs fly...Ha ha, made you look!


Anonymous said...

Clearly the bills hadn't been in circulations - they were found on the guy. I agree - you take the time to make plates to counterfeit (clearly with some sort of talent in drawing or etching or computers) and you then pick a bill that NO ONE CAN USE OR BREAK!! So - do you go to the local UDF or the like, which have signs that say 'Nothing Larger than a $20 after 10PM' and you whip out a billion dollar bill!!! to pay for your $30 worth of gas and an ice cream cone? As Dr. Phil would say - 'How's that workin' for you?'

The agent, the report, or the crook - Who is most stupid? That is the question!

Mark Anthony said...

How's this for your headline: