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"Those are not cats or kneeling cats on the bank note"
February 9, 2012 12:26 PM   Subscribe

Cartoon images of "worshiping cats" on the Chinese 100 yuan RMB banknotes, "the equivalent of the 'Eye of Providence' on the US dollar," probably weren't designed as cartoon cats. A coin expert noted that there were no cat's whiskers on the bank note, as shown on the "clarified" image. But if you're looking for hidden images in Chinese currency, World War II era Chinese currency has many cases of hidden messages and over-printed propaganda (part 2 of a series on WWII Allied banknote propaganda).
posted by filthy light thief (13 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, he was Chairman Mao after all.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:44 PM on February 9, 2012 [6 favorites]


For more on Burma and the Kachins mentioned in WWII Allied banknote propaganda, see this Microkhan post.
posted by zamboni at 12:46 PM on February 9, 2012


Obligatory Chairman Meow.
posted by rh at 12:47 PM on February 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


It doesn't matter if it's a whiskered cat or a whiskerless cat, just so long as you give me twenty Zhongnanhai 0.8 and don't fuck up the change.
posted by Abiezer at 12:50 PM on February 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their renminbi, or why.
posted by chavenet at 1:20 PM on February 9, 2012 [5 favorites]


Cat's don't worship. They're not that daft. Of course, these cats are commewnists, so who knows?
posted by Decani at 1:34 PM on February 9, 2012


Big "Cat" has coins for eyes for whatever that's worth.
posted by djrock3k at 1:35 PM on February 9, 2012


"he turtle is held in low regard by the Chinese and Japanese because it lays eggs and then leaves them. The children are like fatherless bastards." Damn. Scumbag turtle...
posted by Jibuzaemon at 1:38 PM on February 9, 2012


There's also an image of a mass murderer on there.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 1:41 PM on February 9, 2012


The Vulgar Wiseman cracks me up. Maybe he's supposed to be making a political statement, but I imagine him moving his finger back and forth and going "HURR HURR HURR SEX."
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:05 PM on February 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yuan Yinlong, a coin expert pointed out

Right, what would a coin expert know?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:25 PM on February 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well, it looks shopped. He can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a shops in his time. Or something.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:46 PM on February 9, 2012


So it's like the hidden owl on the dollar bill?
posted by Gordafarin at 7:58 AM on February 10, 2012


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