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November 25th, 2003

Hell Money

Did you know that your deceased relatives that went on to Heaven take vacations in Hell? I didn’t either. But the Vietnamese knew all along.

I found out this weekend that part of the ancestor worship ritual involves burning “Hell Money” (fake bills that actually have “Hell Bank Note” emblazoned on them) on special occasions. Burning the money acts as a sort of deposit to the dead ancestor’s bank account, and allows them to take a trip to Hell and enjoy the pleasures it has to offer, like gambling.

Really, I’m not making this up. Here’s proof:

Hell Money

I’d imagine ancestors have got to be pretty happy when they see an unexpected deposit in their account. Hopefully they enjoy their trips to Hell and find their way back safely, with a little money to spare.

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 9:18:16 am
What the hell?


Isn't the dollar coin there by now, too? Or at least the person that tried to market it?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 9:24:55 am
I think AC/DC should get their faces printed on Hell Money.

Actually, this makes a lot of sense..people love to vacation in warm places, and what better place than the hottest place in all the known netherworld?

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 11:02:26 am
Is there inflation in hell? Eternity is a very long time. 1 million hell dollars might not buy much by the time the deceased get around to visiting.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 11:06:51 am
Yeah, but if their bank account has a decent interest rate, maybe all those hell dollars will accrue enough interest to keep up with inflation a bit.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 12:37:06 pm
I wonder if they have storage lockers at the border for all the things that don't belong in heaven (I mean, if they have to go to hell to do stuff, it's probably not allowed in heaven)--like guns and knives and drugs and brass
knuckles and tanks.

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 3:37:21 pm
Is this for real or is it an urban legend? I have a few veitnamese friends I should ask about this.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 4:12:58 pm
I've been informed that I received the story slightly wrong... the idea is that the people in Heaven don't need the money, so the money is for people that have gone to Hell. Close enough. :)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 25, 2003 -- 10:01:41 pm
Sorry, my wallet's already stuffed with girl money.

DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 9:47:07 pm
my buddies boke into some old house and found a like a million of these and thought it was real, the ironic part was the house burnt down??!!?!?!?!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday December 9, 2004 -- 8:52:44 am
Are you asking us or telling us? Because I wasn't there and can't say for sure, if you're asking.

What is this then?

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