Monday, July 08, 2002

This would be funny if it wasn't killing people [NYT] "The inner workings of Myanmar's leadership have always been obscure, particularly given its reliance on soothsayers, numerology and black magic. "General Ne Win helped speed his own downfall, for example, by suddenly declaring much of the Burmese currency worthless and replacing it with bank notes in denominations divisible by his lucky number, nine. Riots followed." Upon further reflection, it would have been cooler if he switched the whole country to base 9.

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