Thursday, November 11, 2010

Decorating in the Weimar Republic

Well, the more money the Weimar Republic printed, the more useless it became. The more useless it became, the more they thought that they had just not printed enough money. It finally got to the point that people started finding all types of creative things to do with the currency. This guy is wallpapering his house with it. So, I guess you can never say a currency is useless, as you can always use it to decorate your house.

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  1. Yesterday you talked about them reducing the portion size.
    Has any one else noticed that a roll of toiler paper has become a lot smaller?
    First they made the hole bigger, so they were sill the same size on the outside. Then they made bigger yet. Then they made the rolls narrower and then the sheet got smaller so they could kept saying you get "X" amount of sheet per roll.
    Now you can get the "JUMBO" roll that are twice as much as the standard roll for the twice as much money, you just don't have to replace it as often. In fact the jumbo rolls are just the OLD normal sized roll only the new narrower roll.
    I manage a business that have public rest rooms. You wouldn't believe how many time some one has come in a stolen the rolls of TP out of all restrooms, and some of the times they even take the spring loaded roll holder also.

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  2. A pound of coffee used to be a pound of coffee, not 11 ounces of coffee. This started happening during the Carter/Reagan years.

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  3. I've noticed all these things,too. For example--products that were once sold in 1 pound containers are now 14 or even 12 ounces. And yes, if the toilet paper gets any narrower, they'll have to rename it. I suggest "butt floss". Who do they think they're fooling? Not all of us, apparently. Whose fault is it? I have my ideas, but I'll keep my partisanship out of here. All in all, I'll be glad when this week's theme is over!

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  4. This conversation is way too funny. Love the picture of the guy wallpapering his wall. Even in such dire economical times you can still have a sense of humor. I haven't really noticed the toilet paper thing that Roger was talking about, all I know is my kids never reload the dispenser. Good theme PJM, very informative.

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  5. Roger, yes, I did notice the toilet paper thing. Seems like the roll just bounces around the bar now, a bar which is now really visible. Another thing that bothered me not too long ago was the concave nature of soap. My soap bars are now breaking in the middle really early because they've been formed in a dumbbell shape.

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  6. Dove Ice Cream Bars used to be 4 to a box for $4.50; now they're 3 to a box for $4.75. Didn't notice till I grabbed one thinking there would still be 1 left but.....Also a 1/2 gallon of ice cream is a 1/2 gallon no longer. That all started when gas was up to $4/gallon

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  7. Today is Veteran's Day and I want to pass on a thank you to PJM for your Dad's (and my Dad) valor, courage and sacriface so that today I am free. I am praying that God will continue to protect and bless this land. Weimar week is good because it is a learning week for all of us, and we must not sleep thru these times. Thank you PJM. Thank and keep in your prayers veterans and active military personnel today and everyday. lam

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  8. See "dave107", that is what I'm talking about. They slowly shave a little here and a little there.
    I really noticed it because I was having to replace the one in the public restrooms a lot more often.
    I tried the industrial rolls, but they got in on the act also, and I didn't like wiping myself with what seemed like something like waxpaper.
    And yes the list goes on and on of the things that got downsized and they act like it is the same thing.

    I live just South of the Canadian border, and went up to a Raspberry farm that was in Canada. I guy was selling them u-pick-em. They were so much for a pint. When we got to the stand to pay for them the farmer measured them out using a 1/2 pint box. When I called him on it he said that the price was for USA pints, and that was a USA pint container. I guess he didn't know I was from the USA. He sure got embarrassed when I told him I was from the USA and that was a 1/2 pint container

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  9. Taxes hit us on many levels. IF only we could count up all the gas tax, permit (licenses) tax, other shipping taxes, "hazardous materials" taxes paid for the manufacture or shipping of everyday items. Add in sales tax. Then you would see the true face of our government and how very much they hurt the economy.

    I saw a quote attributed to Margaret Thatcher "The problem with socialism is eventually they run out of other people's money".

    John

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  10. @Roger: What was the name of this farm (I'm assuming in BC) so that we avoid this scoundrel?

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  11. Sorry, I don't remember the name, but it was a little South of Brandon, Manitoba

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  12. Famous story from the Weimar years:

    During the Great Inflation, a house frau had to buy a loaf of bread for her family. She duly filled a large basket with now-nearly-worthless Reichsmarks and walked to the neighborhood bakery where she duly took her place in a lengthy queue. Noticing a friend behind her, the frau turned around and chatted with her friend for a few minutes as they waited for the bakery to open. However, when the frau turned back, she was surprised to discover her Reichsmarks were lying on the ground...but her basket was missing.

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  13. Everything you buy is getting smaller. Ice Cream containers(was 1/2 gal/ now 1.5 qts) Spaghetti Sauce jars(was 16 oz/ now 15 or 14). Cadbury Eggs(i found one in my freezer that was about 3 years old. MUCH smaller than current ones) Coffee Cans(36 OZ / now 33 or 32 OZ). Hilshire Farms polish sausage(was 16 OZ/ now 14 OZ) Hot dogs (used to be 10 in a pack / now most are 8)
    THIS IS HIDDEN INFLATION.
    THEY ARE CONTROLLING THE DECLINE IN OUR LIVING STANDARD SO PEOPLE DON'T RIOT.

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