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Lapine Weights and Currency

Rabbits are the weigh to go for monetary systems ...
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Under this new systems rabbits will be used as the basis for both weight and currency.

A healthy rabbit is valued at 5 groats per rabbit, a value that decreases as the rabbit's health declines and is reduced to zero if the rabbit is neglected. This means that people are rewarded for restoring a rabbit to health and be keen to adopt often unwanted bunnies.

For shops rabbits would be trained to sit in specially designed scales with their relatives so things can be measured in terms of rabbits. Therefore you can buy 3 rabbits worth of carrot by measuring them against Thumper and two of his brothers.

To set the standard of the health and weight of a rabbit one would be kept by the Speaker of the House of Commons and this would be known as the "Standard Rabbit". It would be petted, inspected by vets and weighed at standard intervals.

This idea, if you have not guessed already, was part of the planned OMRLP manifesto that I never used in the 2001 general election.

Aristotle, May 03 2002

Martians' Day http://www.halfbake...a/Martians_27_20Day
The other potential OMRLP manifesto item. [Aristotle, May 03 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Lupines http://www.museums....r/TEXT/Lupines.html
They'd make a lovely currency. [waugsqueke, May 03 2002]

GURPS Bunnies & Burrows http://www.sjgames....urps/books/Bunnies/
Role-play with this weights and currency system! [Aristotle, May 03 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       So get yourself a couple of bunnies of mixed gender, and be rich in a few months.
waugsqueke, May 03 2002

       My lupine dollar will eat your lapine dollar.
bristolz, May 03 2002

       I bet this would cost a lot of cabbage. Lettuce leaf this idea alone.
phoenix, May 03 2002

       speaking as a poor mathematician who counts on her fingers and toes, I am worried that it will myx a ma toses
po, May 03 2002

       bristoz: but you can make a fast buck with my currency.
Aristotle, May 03 2002

       "And in other news, inflation was moderate for the year, at only 68,000%...
RayfordSteele, May 06 2002

       [Aristotle], don't forget the doe.
half, May 06 2002

       [bristolz] Only as long as Dennis Moore isn't around!
mwburden, May 06 2002

       Hah. That was a bunny bun.
bristolz, May 06 2002

po, May 07 2002

       I was thinking about commodity value measurement using limbs. It's only a two-point system though, so it's probably pretty useless.
Value Indicator 1: "I'd give my right arm for..."
Value Indicator 2: "...cost an arm and a leg."
sappho, May 07 2002

       Beaver pelts were used as currency in the frontier U.S., and bushels of rice were used in Japan several hundred years ago. I have even read that Kent (and only Kent) cigarettes were the de facto currency of the black markets in Eastern Europe. Oil as a currency makes sense to me, since our modern industrial economy runs on it. Britain is even blessed with the benchmark grade -- Brent Light Crude. It's rather inconvenient to carry, but we could always trade using futures certificates or storage reciepts. At least it represents something real that many people badly want (to the point of invading other countries to get).   

       However, when our economies are fully transformed from industrial (skipping service) to information, we may want to trade using good ideas as currency instead of physical objects. Isn't that a good idea? (That'll be 10 ideas, sir!)
Temporary Sanity, Oct 31 2003

       "That will be 5 rabbits, sir."
"Sure." [fumbles around in pocket] "Oh, darn, I only have 2 rabbits. Would you mind waiting a few minutes?"
phundug, Oct 31 2003

       If you're looking for a pocket currency, hampsters are the way to go.
Condiment, Oct 31 2003


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