I was sitting in the McDonald's drive-thru after depositing my paycheck a little while ago (burger craving) and I was staring at the new design for the American 10 dollar bill. The design is a lot more cluttered than the old bills, but it is also mostly an orange-tan color, with only the center part of the back of the bill still green (can't get rid of the term "greenbacks".) It reminded me of how often I've heard people complaining about how confusing American money is. I know I've posted about this before, but it still amuses the hell out of me how it all works.

The majority of countries seem to have each denomination a different color, whereas American cash has historically been green, no matter what bill it was. This always confused foreign travelers because they were used to being able to associate a color with an amount and count that way. Yet, you rarely see Americans having that problem when using foreign money. We have been trained to simply look at the corner of the bill, at the number, and count using numbers (amazing idea, eh?) And, as almost all currency on Earth has a number in the corner, Americans can easily adapt to all other currency since we don't even notice the color (colorblind mathematicians we are.)

Of course, if the tenner is any indication (and I've heard supporting rumors for years now,) American money is going to switch to different colors for different denominations. It's probably inevitable, but I really hope that the switch doesn't take away our ability to count using numbers, because we're already pretty damn bad at that as a nation.

The other strange thing that happened was as I was driving down Main Street, eating a McBurger. I actually tasted meat. Or at least I think I did. It was a very fleeting sensation, but I swear that my tongue broke through the grease and chemicals and tasted real meat somewhere inside that nastily-delicious $1 burger. It was weird.