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Have a career as an artist who burns money. Each of your works
could be dedicated to trying to find another source of money,
translating the money into small bills and then finding spectacular
poignant ways of burning it.
Maybe one could be, ask AlQueda for a million american dollars -
they might give it to you for the negative publicity it might give
america or if they can get a rich saudi oil backer, change it into
small bills, put it in a steel net at the top of
a crane surrounded with barbed wire and drive the crane to a
place, light the money on fire and take video of people trying to
the money before it burns and police trying to stop the money
Ghost money burner
Ghost money burner [popbottle, Sep 19 2013]
these guys burnt a million pounds
[xaviergisz, Sep 20 2013]
||Burning money is illegal, and so is inciting a riot, and
collaborating with a terrorist organization to destroy
american property, as well as burning something without a
license. So this idea is inadvisable.
||// Burning money is illegal //
||By and large, it's only illegal to burn the
currency of the nation-state in which you are
currently located. Burning US dollars in
Mexico would not be illegal.
||// so is inciting a riot //
||The lawyers will have a lovely time arguing
||// burning something without a license. //
||Damn those KLF guys scooped me.
||In case you are wondering, the problem that a
government would have, with ordinary folks
burning money, is related to "Accounting". While
they know that paper money doesn't last a very
long time, and gets randomly destroyed on
occasion, they almost certainly have worthwhile
statistical estimates of how much money is
affected, per month, that way. But deliberate
destruction can mess up the "books" terribly.
||That said, it may be possible to obtain a permit to
burn it, provided you tell the govt how much you
are planning to burn, so that they can properly
deal with the Accounting thing. (Note that the
act of burning it can be counted as "giving it to
the govt", because they are who will own it when
they print replacement bills.)
||I wonder if Cauty is Carty. Sounds to me the way some
brits would pronouncicate it.
||Since money isn't backed these days, who cares if it's burned or not ? It's not like there's going to be tonnes of gold sitting in the warehouse piling up storage fees for representative paper money that isn't in circulation.
||Inflation will slowly but surely diminish the fake-value of the destroyed currency, eventually rendering it a non-sequitur anyways.