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Legend: A properly folded U.S. $20 bill reveals images of the
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: Folding common paper images such as currency and familiar product packaging to produce amusing (and often risqué) new images is a pastime with a long history. After all, several generations of kids have now learned that if you cut a few holes in a package of "Land O Lakes" butter and fold the portion with the pictured Native American girl's knees up just right, you can make it look like she's holding her breasts:
So, in that fine tradition, someone has recently discovered that folding a U.S. $20 bill a couple of different ways produces images that, with a little power of suggestion behind them, are reminiscent of pictures of the burning World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings after the
To those (few, we hope) who might be tempted to take something like this seriously, we'd simply point out that:
Of course, in some cases you don't even need to fold the currency:
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