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    Jul 25, 2009, 5:08 PM - Ancient forms of payment :) #1

    Hi TDHers!
    I just wanted to share an interesting experience I'm going through at this very moment!
    There's a website out there (where are websites, anyway?) which was experiencing some problems with it's shopping cart function. I had tried it a couple of times with no joy. So I looked at alternatives, and lo and behold, they accept "non electronic" payment!
    "What in the world is that?" You may rightly ask.
    Well. . . after much research into the business practices of long ago humans, I discovered some fascinating facts!
    It seems that in bygone days, all the way back in the 20th century, there existed these strange items called "checks." Or if you're one of the strange folks from the UK who add extra letters into words, "cheques."
    The way checks work is passing strange, so try to suspend your disbelief as I explain! In days of yore, if one wished to purchase an item, one simply took out a strange magical tome called a checkbook (cheque-booque). In it were narrow, perforated pieces of paper with mystical numbers inscribed thereon. The purchaser would use a quill or some other equally primitive form of writing utensil to scribe symbols onto the check (cheque) and ritualistically tear it from the tome, passing it to the seller of the good/s.
    When one wished to purchase good/s from seller/s at a distance, there was added another mysterious step. The check (cheque) writer (writeur) would place the check/que into a second, ornamentally folded, piece of paper, which had some type of alum or adhesive along one edge. The checkque writereur would then seal this second "envelope" if you will. . . using their own saliva!!! Barbaric indeed!
    Once sealed, the envelope itself would be inscribed with other symbols, indicating the place from which it originated, and another set, indicating its desired destination. It would then be placed into a magical container called a "mail box." (Maile boxxe) Strange uniformed servants of the government would then come and take the whole kit and kaboodle away and through a secret system, actually deliver it to its destination!
    How strange and wondrous it must have been to live back in such times.



    Anyway, just wanted to share a strange ritual from another era. I hope you found this enjoyable as well as educational.

    Eric (Erique)
    Last edited by superjedi; Jul 25, 2009 at 5:21 PM.
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    Jul 25, 2009, 5:51 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #2

    wow....I also hear tell of ancient exchange of round metal disks called "coins" and paper like parchment called "bills" or together in parts of the world it was called "cash"......loved your descriptive narative....
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    Jul 25, 2009, 7:53 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #3

    LOL!!! Well that makes me feel like a dinosaur!!!! I still use checks all the time!! LOL
  4. Jul 26, 2009, 2:26 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #4

    Hey Erique, there are still some places in the UK where the Turnip is used as currency, bit tricky for mail ordering though...
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    Jul 26, 2009, 4:10 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #5

    Erique... this is some interesting findings.
    Althi it seems you have still not mastered the English language?

    @ TF... one would assume the parsnip would be change given in a turnip exchange
  6. Jul 26, 2009, 4:20 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #6

    @ TF... one would assume the parsnip would be change given in a turnip exchange[/QUOTE]

    I bought a sheep from the market last week, it cost me 2 Turnips and half a parsnip, the man gave me 3 sprouts change. Was that a good deal?...
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    Jul 26, 2009, 4:25 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #7

    i once killed a man for writing a check


    i enjoyed your story. i found it amusing and well written.
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    Jul 26, 2009, 6:49 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #8

    Man, I'm dyin' here.
    TF and Mojo, do all vegetables in the UK end in "ips?" Next time I go to the grocery store I'm going to ask where the carrips and potatips are.
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    Jul 26, 2009, 7:15 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #9

    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    Next time I go to the grocery store I'm going to ask where the carrips and potatips are.
    Good luck with that!
  10. Jul 26, 2009, 9:36 AM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #10

    Quote Mojo-Fett said: View Post
    Good luck with that!
    And make sure you pay for them in Groats!...
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    Jul 27, 2009, 1:31 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #11

    i've heard of these "checks". my wife actually is known to use them from time to time.

    she also uses these pieces of green paper... they are like single use disposable debit cards. total pain in the rear.
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    Jul 27, 2009, 1:56 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #12

    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    Hi TDHers!
    the envelope itself would be inscribed with other symbols,
    Umm...
    that would be "enveloupe"
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    Jul 27, 2009, 3:47 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #13

    This Great, I am rolling...........
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    Jul 27, 2009, 8:00 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #14

    Quote slave1pilot said: View Post
    Umm...
    that would be "enveloupe"
    Enveloupe you say? Is that anything like cantaloupe? I loves me some cantaloupe.
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    Jul 27, 2009, 11:33 PM - Re: Ancient forms of payment :) #15

    I was laughing all the while reading that post. Hilarious stuff.

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