Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 30 August 2009

Cleopatra committed suicide (30 BCE)


The word greenback was first used for the demand notes of 1861, the backs of which were printed (wait for it) in green. While the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BOEP) explains that no "definite explanation can be made for the original choice" of color, one theory posits that green was especially difficult for early cameras to capture and was thus chosen to outfox counterfeiters. The BOEP says green continued to be used because the pigment proved readily available and was resistant to chemical changes; the public had also developed a psychological link between green and the stability of the country's credit.

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
Anthony Powell (1905-2000)
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