Zimbabwe's new $100,000,000,000 banknote.

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  1. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7515823.stm

    I hope their Zimbabwean accountants are proficient at bookkeeping in scientific notation. :eek:
     
  2. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Can't they do what they did here in Venezuela and eliminate a bunch of zeroes?
     
  3. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I hope their Zimbabwean accountants are proficient at bookkeeping in scientific notation.

    Oh I LOL'd on that one.

    I would love to get my hands on one of these.
    just to have that 'much' $ on me.

    too bad cannot exchange 1:1 for US dollar, then I could retire. :D
     
  4. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    Haha that is pretty funny, why wouldn't they just cut down on lets say, 10 or 11 zeros?
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    and this.... is an example of how to NOT deal with inflation.
     
  6. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Ha! they seriously need to sort that country outl
     
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    Hmm... was going to post a comment or two, but don't want this to get kicked to the PRSI forum :p

    So I say...
    Thats definitely weird and wild stuff.
     
  9. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I saw some notes for sale yesterday.
    Just have a look at shops or dealers in Coins and medals etc.

    You too can be a Zim millionaire (err… billionaire, no scratch that… zillionaire) for as little as £10… :eek:

    The notes themselves are terribly crude… you could easily run off copies with a decent scanner and printer. Which I suspect is how they are being printed. Truly not worth the paper they are printed on.
     
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    My friend and I were looking to 'invest' in some Zimbabwean dollars. Obviously we know it's impossible to recover from hyperinflation without massive reform, so there was zero hope of making a dime off of it. In fact, at their rate of inflation, it'd be worth nil in several days. Nonetheless, spending a couple bucks to say that you are legitimately a billionaire would be tremendously fun.
     
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    Just checked my wallet and what's in there would equal 2,729,233,348,055.
     
  12. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Sorry, but can someone please explain how this is funny?

    I bet you wouldn't be laughing if it was your economy collapsing to an unrecoverable state.

    I have some close ties to Zim, and I think it's utterly horrific what's going on there because of inflation (ignoring all the other problems for a moment).
     
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    It isn't exactly 'funny' but it just quite interesting. Some people word things wrong....
     
  14. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Uh huh..

    :rolleyes:
     
  15. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    I think it's possible for a topic to be both funny and serious. Why deny either?
     
  16. mpw Guest

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    While my economy is collapsing it's nice to have something to laugh about, and 100,000,000,000.00 denomination notes are funny in an absurd sort of way.
     
  17. Naim135 macrumors member

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    Cant they do what they did in Iraq and eliminate a bunch of politicians:D
     
  18. Abstract thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    Sorry to say this due to bigandy's feelings regarding this, but I posted it because I thought it was funny too. The situation Zimbabweans are in isn't funny. I just find the absurdity of a 2 200 000% inflation and $100,000,000,000 banknote funny.
     
  19. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    It can be recovered from but I really do not know how. Germany after WWI when though a state of that inflation where it took wheel barrial full of Marks to buy a bread. And sometimes prices where climbing so fast by the time you got though the line to buy the bread prices had already shot up.
     
  20. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I suppose we could find someone who could say the same of your "abducted by aliens" avatar or your "I love your mother" signature

    You have close ties to this one, so the humor is understandably lost on you

    I don't think anyone thinks the plight of the people is funny, but the absurdity of the bill's denomination is what is attracting attention

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    Well, I'm off to buy a loaf of bread.

    See you people later.

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  22. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    My father was born in Rhodesia, and everyone in his family who used to live there has left, and it is very sad. However, we still chuckle about it occasionally (in more of a sad, ironic reflection).

    Hard to believe that only a little while ago this was the breadbasket of Africa. :eek::(
     
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    Fixed. :D

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    Sadly that is how it started off in 1980.
     
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