While the government shutdown goes on, a new 100 dollar bill was released into circulation this Tuesday. The US Treasury, like most of the government, could not be reached for comment. The new Benjamins are almost twice as expensive to print as their predecessors, but have many new anti-counterfeit features, including the hidden text and pictograms that can be seen only under special light. The last re-design of $100 bill happened in 1996. $100 US bills are especially popular abroad - foreign treasuries and tourists hold close to a trillion dollars in $100 bills.
Do you think it's a good time to start printing new money?
Photoshop any designs of the new $100 bill, that were rejected for one reason or another.
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Itís hard to believe, but Bill Murray is 60 years old today. In 1976, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the show's second season. After starring in Meatballs in 1979, Murray went on to star in a series of successful comedies in the í80s, including Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters.
He then went on to reinvent himself with his starring role in Rushmore in 1998, re-reinvent himself again with his starring role in Lost in Translation in 2003, kick ass in Jim Jarmusch films, accidentally star in Garfield, chill in his mansion in the middle of the zombie apocalypse in Zombieland, and hilariously passive-aggressively trash Ghostbusters 3 every chance he gets nowadays. In short, he is still a giant of comedy and a monument to reinvented relevance, and for this, we salute him.
Here are some interesting Bill Murray facts:
* Bill Murray had originally planned a career as a doctor, although he left university after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Truly, medicine's loss was ruefully existential arthouse cinema's gain.
* Bill Murray is notoriously hard to pin down. If you want him to star in your film, you have to call his infrequently checked answering machine and wait for him to get back.
* As a consequence of this, he has missed out on roles in films like Monsters Inc, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
* Bill Murray was the singer in a band called the Dutch Masters as a teenager. What's more, he once played guitar onstage with Eric Clapton.
* Bill Murray's final inaudible whisper to Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost In Translation is one of cinema's greatest-ever mysteries. In 2007, a digital remaster discovered that he appeared to say, "I have to be leaving, but I won't let that come between us, OK?"
* It's said that Bill Murray likes to sneak up behind strangers in New York, whisper, "Guess who?" And, when they turn around, tell them: "No one will ever believe you."
Happy 60th Birthday, Bill!
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Bill Gates has officially left Microsoft this Friday.
While Bill planned his departure for years, it happens at a difficult time for Microsoft - the company struggles to compete with Google for search engine domination. Microsoft attempts to make its own "live search" popular were not successful, and the company is back to negotiations with Yahoo about the possible take-over of Yahoo search engine.
Before "Microsoft" was registered as a trade name in 1976, the partnership was called "Micro-soft" for a year before the hyphen was dropped. In the first years of Microsoft, Bill Gates actively wrote code, and personally reviewed every line of code that was written by other employees. Gates was always fascinated with programming and was often described as a geek or even nerd by people who studied with him.
He went from zero to hero with Microsoft, he brought us Windows, but now the captain is leaving the boat. Good bye, Bill!
To say good-bye to Bill Gates, photoshop him any way you wish. Some examples are: showing what alternative professions he could have chosen, Gates in movies and paintings, photoshopping Bill Gates as a nerd (in the current or early years),
showing how he will look in his senior years, etc.