Saturday, September 02, 2006
Why is our money so ugly?
You know what I mean. Usually we handle money without really looking at it, except to make sure it's the right denomination. But a ten happened to catch my eye today as I was putting it back in my wallet. I wondered: What is that mottled, peach-colored stain? And where did those bloodstains come from? The whole thing looks like something pulled, slightly moist and smelling strange, from a medical waste dump (peach-colored definitely being a euphemism for a different word I just can't bear to apply to the dollar, no matter how low it has fallen.)
Think of all the colorful, beautiful currencies in the world. Then think about ours. Granted, we took a shot at adding color. But when it came to beauty, we didn't bother. We more or less threw up our hands and said, "Oh, the hell with it!" We really are a nation of puritans.
Of course, "we" didn't choose the design. But we didn't laugh it out of circulation either, did we?