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Psychic Currency

Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 21:17 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Have you seen this one? I got an e-mail today with images showing that someone (according to the images, someone at this Italian web site) has figured out that the current version of the U.S. $20 bill foretold the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Honestly, I haven’t seen anything this contrived since the virgin Mary showed up on a grilled cheese sandwich.

The heading is "INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPEN IN AMERICA…" and the message instructs you to fold a new $20 bill in half…

…then fold again exactly as below.

Now fold the other end exactly the same way, and voila!

The image of the burning Pentagon.

But wait, there’s more. Turn it over and you see…

…the burning World Trade Center towers. "What a coincidence!" the e-mail gushes. "A simple geometric fold creates a catastrophic premonition printed on all $20 bills!!! COINCIDENCE? YOU DECIDE!"

"As if that wasn’t enough," it goes on to say, "look at this!"

OK, that last one requires a bunch of folds not already done.

The only problem with this supposedly amazing coincidence (besides the fact that you need a heck of an imagination to see what you’re supposed to see, and the fact that you have to fold the bill in a manner that no one folds their money, and the fact that Osama bin Laden’s name doesn’t really begin with a zero) is that the new $20 bill didn’t go into circulation until October 2003, two years after the catastrophic event the folded bill is said to have predicted.

That’s a "premonition"? I can do that. I predict that Massachusetts will have a big snow storm last Friday. And look, it happened. Remarkable!

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