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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Well, before adopting the euro, most national currencies in European countries had on them the portraits or significant people in the state, most notably scientists and researches, men of culture (musicians, painters, etc) or other significant people, but not really politicians. Except you know, the queen's face on them, but the other side is reserved for some famous person that did a technological or cultural or major economic invention or stuff. Same for the now deceased deutchemark and the french franc.

    I am pretty sure I read somewhere that all the countries that have adopted the euro and replaced their own currency, there were just 4 people who didn't fit the pattern. The pattern being people who delivered historical works of art, science and technology and things like that. So 4 people who were basically politicians or reformers.

    Now of course the euro has no famous people on it. each banknote is representative of a cultural period. From renaissance to modernism.

    So with this in mind, do I think the US should put MLK on a banknote? No. frankly, he doesn't deserve it and anyone whose face is now on the banknotes is far more deserving to be there. If there is to be a reshuffle... a new generation of banknotes, better put scientists on them, not politicians. So Benjamin Franklin can stay, but you know, put people like John Hall, William Shockley (invented the transistor->it's literally the reason we have more processing power in a smartphone than all computers 30 years ago combined, heck, it's the reason why we have computers to begin with and all this wonderful thing called microelectronics) and such people.
    I'd bet that they did that specifically so there wouldn't be any nationalistic squabbles. But, maybe that's the answer here, as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    there is a history of putting animals on the money, too. The eagle, for example, that stands for freedom, and the buffalo, that stands because there isn't room for it to sit down.

    Given the number of dog and cat lovers in this country, it's surprising that we haven't put Fluffy or Fido on the currency.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I'd bet that they did that specifically so there wouldn't be any nationalistic squabbles. But, maybe that's the answer here, as well.
    I would bet it's more likely an issue of standardization. Each member state is allowed to issue banknotes. That'd be 17 member states + 3 nonmember states all printing multiple designs over the course of a decade. You'd end up with hundreds of different variations of the same note, which would probably render bill scanners and atms useless.

    They are allowed one country-specific design on the coins they mint, but with the condition that the reverse still has to bear the common European design.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    I believe that I said I was in favor of it. If not, I will say it again.

    MLK should be on money.
    I agree. Argument ended.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    there is a history of putting animals on the money, too. The eagle, for example, that stands for freedom, and the buffalo, that stands because there isn't room for it to sit down.

    Given the number of dog and cat lovers in this country, it's surprising that we haven't put Fluffy or Fido on the currency.
    Or Bo. I still think Mittens deserved a coin.


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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Or Bo. I still think Mittens deserved a coin.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    He can go on my credit card, where currency belongs in the 21st century.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Benjamin Franklin was a playboy. I'm actually mildly offended Andrew Jackson is on the $20 considering his brutal treatment of Native Americans. Washington owned slaves and btw, his famous wooden dentures was partially made from the teeth of his slaves that he directed to be yanked out of their mouths probably without anesthesia.

    I say replace Jackson on the $20 and use Reagan instead. Then create a $3 bill with MLK. To keep it from becoming an collectors item, the government should stop printing $1 bills for a while; maybe 5 years to get people to start using the $2 and $3 more or have to carry around a lot of change. I also think Eisenhower should be on a new $30 bill; the greatest military hero of the 20th century, two term POTUS, built the Interstate highway system and started NASA. IMHO Eisenhower is more deserving than a lot of people already on our currency.
    I believe Washington's teeth, are whale bone, and other animal but not any human teeth.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Why disrespect the mans legacy like that???

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Oh hell no. The man is mainly known for 3 things to those who look at his life objectively. His Hitleresque speeches being yelled into a mic at brain dead followers. Plagiarizing his doctoral dissertation. And getting shot.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernst barkmann View Post
    I believe Washington's teeth, are whale bone, and other animal but not any human teeth.
    Wooden Teeth Myth

    Next to the Cherry Tree legend, the story that George Washington wore wooden dentures arguably remains the most widespread and enduring myth about Washington's personal life. While Washington certainly suffered from dental problems and wore multiple sets of dentures composed of a variety of materials—including ivory, gold, and lead—wood was never used in Washington's dentures nor was it commonly employed by dentists in his era.
    Ivory, gold, and lead. I don't think they knew about the toxic characteristics of lead in those days.
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