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Does American money explode if you Microwave it

New American $20 has RFID chip embedded.

     
2:49 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Their has been some articles going around saying the new American $20 has an RFID chip inside.\

Of course microwave's does wonders to miniture electronics.

Im Canadian, so I don't have any new American $20's.

Any Americans out their with new $20's and a Microwave?

I find this hard to believe, that the US now has exploding money :)

2:51 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can you point me to one of those articles?
2:55 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Its on a site that is highly political or conspiracy theory) related so it would violate the TOS.

But if you do a google search on exploding american money and click on the link regarding prisons and planets, you will see some pictures.

Im not sure if defacing American money is illegal however.

3:12 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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So Wiki [en.wikipedia.org] has it as an "Urban legend."

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3:23 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yep - urban legend:

[snopes.com...]

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There has been talk of putting rfid chips in US currency but it hasn't happened yet. Some people have said that if it is placed in money they will microwave it to kill the chip and prevent the govt from tracking their spending habits.

Personally I use a debit card whenever I can so big brother can track me whenever it wants. I just hope I don't get in trouble for buying that happy meal last week.

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In Canada, cash is going the way of Dodo Birds.

Unlike the USA, everybody has PIN based Debit cards, which is taken everywhere except Tim Hortons.

If Tim Horton's would start taking Debit, I would never carry cash again.

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No worries for me. I am always broke.
4:29 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A bit of background info for the international audience: Tim Horton's in Canada is a chain of donut shops with better-than-average coffee.
4:33 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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better than average coffee

That's an understatement. This stuff is addictive.

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Tim Horton's is going to open a coffee shop in Kadahar Afganistan, for our Canadian Troups. Because our troups, can't operate without their Tim Horton's fix.

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I find this hard to believe, that the US now has exploding money

It was developed to to mirror the real estate bubble. That way, poor people who can't afford to buy real estate can watch their money go poof as well!
4:58 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Dunkin Donuts takes credit and debit cards now. Got my medium regular right here fueling this post=)
5:39 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The rfid chips are very small and so are really only effective if the holder is wearing a properly constructed tinfoil hat. Standing in a pyramid increases the rfid range or makes them completely ineffective depending upon which sounds scarier.

(I had to send this from a coffee shop with free wireless access. They don't want their secrets out here, you know. As always, I paid for my required coffee in untraceable gold dust.)

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I'm not sure about a microwave, but I just found a $20 in my pocket (tonight, no kidding) after my jeans went through the wash.

It didn't explode, it was just clean and kinda crumply.

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Unlike the USA, everybody has PIN based Debit cards.

HEY! We're getting there. It all depends on where you live. In California, the only people who carry cash are those who have it. :)

Unlike the USA, everybody has PIN based Debit cards.

So? We have drive throughs with debit machines that have Braille on them. Beat that!

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So? We have drive throughs with debit machines that have Braille on them. Beat that!

One can only assume that it's passengers who are using the Braille, not the drivers.

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Timmy's is killin' me... not only does the glowing sign beacon me through my window every night, calling me in... I now have to deal with the added addiction of Roll-up-the-rim season. Crap. I best go hit up the ATM.
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Patrick I feel your pain! I'm still convinced the Roll-up-the-Rim-to-Win cups are lined with some sort of addictive chemical... just haven't figured it out yet...

I will forever love Timmy's for not accepting debit because truly it DOES speed things up to accept only cash.

But why why why can you only get $20s from ATMs... Just give me my $1.45 whenever I need it!

Ugh. Plus I'm only 1 for 23 on winning cups... doesn't help the issue :(

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I won the camping gear last year. Quality Stuff. With the amount of coffee I drink, I still don't belive I have broken even thought.
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I hope they don't start adding boxes at the airports.

Sir, could you please remove the nail clippers from your carry on and put them in this box for us to keep. And as for all those 20's you are carrying if you could put them in that box.....

On the other subject this coffee sounds good. Are they only in Canada?

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Tim Horton's is a Canadian staple. But they are in the US too... though few and far between.

I remember the withdrawl of driving from Niagara Falls, ON to Winnipeg, MB last year (I was moving) and I didn't come across ONE Tim's... it was harsh!

Oh and by the way... I'm 1 for 24 now... what is UP with my luck!

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I'm 2 for 14! - I've won a donut and a coffee.

AFAIK no one has developed a Rrrroll up the rim stats aggregator for the www. Anyone want to get on that?

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Tim Horton Franchises by Country

Canada 2,607

United States 291

Afganistan 1

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no one has developed a Rrrroll up the rim stats aggregator for the www. Anyone want to get on that?

(Between sips, rim suddenly rolls up on its own: ) Congratulations! You are the one millionth visitor to our coffeehouse chain! :P

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I firmly believe and have believed for a long time that I live in a donut nexus. There are more donut and coffee shops per capita here than anywhere else in the world. I dare anyone to refute this.

The city of Kitchener, Ontario (including adjacent Cambridge and Waterloo) is serviced by no less than 32 franchises of Tim Hortons. They compete with 166 other donut shops in the area (according to Google Local Search.)

Servicing a region with a population of 350,000, we have approximately one donut shop for every 1750 humans. That's humans - including children and babies.

Fact: When Krispy Kreme moved into Canada, their second store was erected right here. (the first was in Mississauga, aka Toronto). It has since shut down since 3 more Tim's opened within a few blocks to crowd them out. And... their coffee sucked.

A few years ago, Kitchener had the highest per capita police force. Coincidence?

(note: this number dropped dramatically and now we have among the lowest per capita ratio of cops)

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Ha! This is a funny thread, thanks for the giggles.

FYI Tim Horton's took over all the Bess Eaton Donut Shops in Rhode Island.

I think everyone was kind of shocked when it happened. Tim's always seems to be empty and the Dunkin next door is always packed.

Now I am encouraged to try their coffee sometime.

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Wow, no Starbucks addicts here?

Me, me, me!

BTW, I haven't seen the new 20's but I hardly use cash. I am the debit card queen.

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They merged with Wendy's some time back.
Here in Ri, though, Dunkin Donuts rules. Randomly drop in most anywhere in the cities and you will be within shouting distance of one.
You'll want to shout, though, when you're stuck behind the drive thru line as it spills onto the street.
Heck, our arena is called the "Dunkin Donuts Center"
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Wow Starbucks... I think I'd need a 100% raise in order to afford to go there. Especially since I never stray from my Large Orange Pekoe Tea, two milk, two sugar. I just can't justify it!

For those keeping track, I'm 1 for 27 now. I think they hide the winning cups when they see me coming.

httpwebwitch - I didn't know you were from KW! I'm from St. Catharines (until last Spring). Supposedly it is the "Donut Capital of the World". I can't tell you the culture shock of moving to Winnipeg and NOT having a Tim's within a 3 block radius no matter where you are.

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