Not worth the paper it’s printed on

In which all I want is a piece of paper with lots of zeroes on.

Corner of a Monopoly board showing GO

How quickly can your life change, could a piece of paper on the pavement hold the key to an immediate transformation in your fortunes? What would it need to say to be able to do so?

It’s very rare that an event happens that completely changes your life, perhaps meeting the love of your life or having a child, but these are often big physical moments. For a piece of paper to be able to have such an effect, especially a slip found completely at random, can only mean one thing.


It’s amazing that when you add a £ or $ or [okay I can’t find the Euro or Yen key] to a rectangular piece of wood pulp it suddenly can transform from something you might use to wipe your bum to an item with intrinsic value. A fifty pound note without the ink on is no more valuable than a torn out page from a blank notebook.

How much could that piece of paper be worth? Well if it was the largest banknote ever produced then not very much. The 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengő note was issued in Hungary in 1946 to counter the country’s hyperinflation. The total value of the whole nation’s banknotes was 1/1000th of a US dollar. Truly not worth the paper it was printed on

The current most valuable banknote is the 10,000 Singapore Dollar note which is worth about $8,000 US. We are not entering the realms of a piece of paper changing my life. It would be quite a handy amount to make some changes to the house or pay for a holiday.

I could even buy this pushchair for the forthcoming baby.

If I really wanted a piece of paper to have a big impact then I’m looking for a “Woody” or a “Willy”. Calm down there at the back, I’m assuming that we are all familiar with 1930’s intra-governmental payment methods. Just in case, the £100,000 US Dollar bill was issued by the Treasury to be used for official transactions. On the front was President Woodrow Wilson.

The only problem is that it is illegal to own one of these privately, although it is still legal tender. The remaining notes are also all owned by the US government so finding one of these on the street and using it will certainly be a life changing experience.

Cheques would be useless as well, trying to cash one in is a slight case of fraud.

What does my piece of paper have on it, what could it say to change my life in such a big way.

“This week’s lottery numbers”

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.

In response to: Everything Changes

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

3 thoughts on “Not worth the paper it’s printed on”

  1. That brought back a memory. When I was a kid, many years ago, I had money to play with. Dad brought it back from Germany from the end of the war. They were little square printed bank notes in DMarks value printed 10,000,000 because of the inflation. They were probably not even worth the paper they were printed on.


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