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13th Dec '16 4:28:45 AM LadyJaneGrey
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See also RidiculousFutureInflation.

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See also RidiculousFutureInflation. Not to be confused with money printed via [[CounterfeitCash counterfeiting]], which is sometimes referred to as "funny money".
13th Dec '16 1:34:37 AM Randallw201238
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** If this seems uncharacteristically mercenary of Charles this is because it was a leftover script where he took the place of Frank Burns.
4th Dec '16 10:01:06 PM WillDraco
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* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': When Baloo recovers an idol from Colonel Spigot he trades it in for a 13 million torbit reward. He calls Rebecca, bragging that he's going to buy the Sea Duck back, while Louie figures out the exchange rate from torbits to shaboozis (Cape Suzette currency). Eight shaboozis worth of gas (plus ice cream tab, tax, and tip) wipes out the whole reward. Suddenly completely broke, Baloo is forced to do an immediate about-face, meekly telling Rebecca he'll be back to work tomorrow and asking if he can reverse charges on the call.
18th Nov '16 6:41:55 PM Prfnoff
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* Of course, these examples pale into comparison with the post-war Hungarian pengő, which experienced the '''single worst example of hyperinflation in history'''. The 100 million B-pengő (i.e. ''100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengő'') [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HUP_100MB_1946_obverse.jpg note]] is the single highest denomination bill ever issued, according to TheOtherWiki. And that banknote was effectively '''worthless'''. (A 1 milliard B-Pengő note was printed but not issued.) At the height of the hyperinflation, prices doubled in every fifteen hours.
** To quote one source (''Postwar'' by Tony Judt) "by the time the pengo was replaced by the forint in August 1946 the dollar value of all Hungarian banknotes in circulation was just one-thousandth of one cent." Most triumphant example indeed.
*** The modern forint is not in a good position either, with exchange rate being roughly $1 == 200 Ft, although this is going to change as Hungary is considering adopting the euro sometime around [[strike:2012]] <current year>+5 years.

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* Of course, these examples pale into comparison with the post-war Hungarian pengő, which experienced the '''single worst example of hyperinflation in history'''. The 100 million B-pengő (i.e. ''100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengő'') [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HUP_100MB_1946_obverse.jpg note]] is the single highest denomination bill ever issued, according to TheOtherWiki. And that banknote was effectively '''worthless'''. (A 1 milliard B-Pengő note was printed but not issued.) At the height of the hyperinflation, prices doubled in every fifteen hours.
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hours. To quote one source (''Postwar'' by Tony Judt) "by the time the pengo was replaced by the forint in August 1946 the dollar value of all Hungarian banknotes in circulation was just one-thousandth of one cent." Most triumphant example indeed.
*** The modern forint is not in a good position either, with exchange rate being roughly $1 == 200 Ft, although this is going to change as Hungary is considering adopting the euro sometime around [[strike:2012]] <current year>+5 years.
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29th Oct '16 4:04:22 PM JujuP
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* [[UsefulNote/FrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] issued the ''assignats'', so named because they were ''assignés'' ("assigned") the value of the church's estates. Eventually the stuff got too much printed, and the value went so low ''the State had to enact the'' ''[[OffWithHisHead death]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution ''penalty'']] ''on those refusing to use it''.

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* [[UsefulNote/FrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] issued the ''assignats'', so named because they were ''assignés'' ("assigned") the value of the church's estates. Eventually the stuff got too much printed, and the value went so low ''the State had to enact the'' ''[[OffWithHisHead death]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution ''penalty'']] ''on those refusing to use it''.
29th Oct '16 4:02:26 PM JujuP
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* Marjane's mother is described in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'' as having issues with the way the prices are rising in the 1980s Iran.



** In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer'', the Border Principalities have known for their unstability and consequently any currency issued by them is viewed as worthless.



* After some ''[[YouFailEconomyForever really stupid]]'' decisions by the managers of ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', namely the creation of an insane quantity of [[MoneySpider gold generators]], the amount of gold accrued without any adequate GoldSink, making the prices soar (see [http://gaia.wikia.com/wiki/Inflation here]]).
* ''VideoGame/Neopets'' has serious issues with hyperinflation, caused by the fact winning Neopets is a walk in the park, although the stakk introduced policies aiming to reduce this amount, such as the selling of an item by a NPC account (read [[http://www.themarysue.com/neopets-economy/ here]] for more details).



* In [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/718 this]] ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' {{doujin}} [[{{yonkoma}} 4koma]], Reimu convinces Marisa to donate to her shrine through use of one of her birds. Marisa drops a bill for 10,000 Zimbabwean dollars into Reimu's donation box (not even worth a single yen). The next strip has [[OhCrap Reimu going on the warpath]].
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* In [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/718 this]] ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' {{doujin}} [[{{yonkoma}} 4koma]], Reimu convinces Marisa to donate to her shrine through use of one of her birds. Marisa drops a bill for 10,000 Zimbabwean dollars into Reimu's donation box (not even worth a single yen). The next strip has [[OhCrap Reimu going on the warpath]].
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* The CFA franc, which is at a fixed rate of 655.67 francs for an Euro[[note]]Before 2002, 100 CFA francs were worth 1 French franc[[/note]].
* In 1993 Mobutu [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Zaire]], one ''nouveau zaire'' was exchanged for ''three millions of the old ones''.
* The UsefulNotes/Mozambique metical was the currency with the lowest value on 2004 (the exchange rate being t 24,500 meticais per USD) until Zimbabwe took the place on late August 2005. On July 1, 2006, Mozambique redenominated the metical at a rate of 1000:1.



** Smart Chinese businessmen take payment in gold, silver (there's still plenty of Qing era ingots left), or opium.

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** Smart Chinese businessmen take took payment in gold, silver (there's still plenty of Qing era ingots left), or opium.




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* Axis-occupied Greece witnessed one of the worse hyperinflations in the history, with, on October 1944, a monthly rate of '''13,800%'''.
* [[UsefulNote/FrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] issued the ''assignats'', so named because they were ''assignés'' ("assigned") the value of the church's estates. Eventually the stuff got too much printed, and the value went so low ''the State had to enact the'' ''[[OffWithHisHead death]]'' [[DisproportionateRetribution ''penalty'']] ''on those refusing to use it''.


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* On October 2016, the Venezuelan bolivar is undergoing an inflation around ''700%'', and some predict, for the next year, a ''minimum rate'' of at least '''1500%'''.
14th Oct '16 12:17:17 PM EDP
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* The Italian series ''Gli Aristocratici'' once made a jab at the Turkish Lira (pre-2005, thus before it was revalued, see below). What makes it painful is that the currency the Turkish Lira was compared to was the ''Italian Lira'', itself a frequent target of such jokes [[TruthInTelevision that at the time just happened to be worth about eight times the Turkish currency]].
2nd Oct '16 2:34:13 PM AreYouTyler
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*** In 2009, following the major inflation crisis, Zimbawe retired its currency and now considers the American dollar official for its goverment.



** While living costs are ridiculously low compared to developed countries (a KFC meal set consisted of a wing, a riceball, and a cup of Pepsi will cost you US$0.9), prices of imported goods varies from cheaper ($45 for a brand-new [=PS3=] game, roughly half of locally mandated minimum monthly wage) to highway robbery ($1000 for an iPhone 4 ''on contract'') .

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** While living costs are ridiculously low compared to developed countries (a KFC meal set consisted of a wing, a riceball, and a cup of Pepsi will cost you US$0.9), 90¢), prices of imported goods varies from cheaper ($45 for a brand-new [=PS3=] game, roughly half of locally mandated minimum monthly wage) to highway robbery ($1000 for an iPhone 4 ''on contract'') .
24th Sep '16 11:23:26 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Mentioned above in the ''TopGear'' example, $1 US Dollar equaled $15,000 Vietnamese đồng (pronounced "Dough-ng") back in 2008. In mid-2010: $1 USD = $19,000 VND. As of end-2012, it's $20,400 VND.

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* Mentioned above in the ''TopGear'' example, $1 US Dollar equaled $15,000 Vietnamese đồng (pronounced "Dough-ng") back in 2008. In mid-2010: $1 USD = $19,000 VND. As of end-2012, fall 2016, it's $20,400 $22,301 VND.
24th Sep '16 11:20:59 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Film/CanadianBacon'', Bud (John Candy) and co. get pulled over for driving a truck covered in [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Canadian insult graffiti]] written in English, but not ''French''. The fine is $1,000 Canadian, or $10 American... and they have to add the French translations to the truck.

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* In ''Film/CanadianBacon'', Bud (John Candy) and co. get pulled over for driving a truck covered in [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Canadian insult graffiti]] written in English, but not ''French''. The fine is $1,000 Canadian, or $10 American... [[DoWrongRight and they have to add the French translations to the truck.truck]].
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