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Possible to de-magnetize paper money?

  1. Jan 3, 2004 #1

    Monique

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    Since they all have these mysterious metal strips in them, which the government uses to track your every move (it is true, I saw it on the x-files), is it possible to demagnetize them? And is that the reason that some vending machines don't take some dollar bills?

    Or aren't those strips used for recognizing money?
     
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    I never realized that paper money had metallic strips on them.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    IN them! see, it is a government conspiracy..
     
  5. Jan 3, 2004 #4
    The reason vending machines don't take some notes has nothing to do with the metal strips. It's beacuse vending machines are evil and wish to increase the general anxiety level among humans by upsetting us all. It's all part of their plan.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2004 #5
    Yes, the vending machines are evil. They want the snacks to themselves, as well as money. They will go to the lengths of accepting the money and refusing to give the customer the snacks.
     
  7. Jan 3, 2004 #6
    Ingenious plan the govt has. Usually a magnet can be degaussed by high temperatures, but if you expose money to the temperatures nessecary to degauss a magnet you destroy it, which is a federal crime. The govt probabally will be able to track if a metal sensor in a bill is destroyed, and they will immediately go to your house and arrest you for your federal offence.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2004 #7
    Do they have the strips in American money?[?]

    I wasn't aware this was going on. And we know that it is going on because the x-files is such a reliable source of information. :wink:
     
  9. Jan 5, 2004 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Note that the authors source is questionable.
    http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a5_030.html
     
  10. Jan 5, 2004 #9
    You can take one out yourself and look at it.
    I have.
    It isn't metal.
    It is a poly strip.
    Find it on the end of the bill.
    At the edge of the bill (where the strip meets the end) bite down a little bit (you may have to work at it a bit, maybe from both sides depending on how worn the bill is and such) and just pull the bill away from your teeth.
    The poly strip will be hanging from your teeth, and the bill will have a very thin hollow channel through it.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2004 #10

    Monique

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    You chewed away on a bill? You know how many bacteria are on there?
     
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