doctorow at February 4th, 2014 23:00 — #1
timquinn at February 5th, 2014 02:22 — #2
Soap and punk do not go together.
derekchan at February 5th, 2014 04:23 — #3
Surefire way to get someone to pick up the soap.
gilbertwham at February 5th, 2014 06:51 — #4
I'm sure I've read of soap actually being used as currency historically (not the 'Tide being used to buy TEH DRUGZ!!1!!1!!' that googling turns up). anyone find me corroboration? @Mindysan33?
wrecksdart at February 5th, 2014 09:25 — #5
Any chance my $5 worth can be made of Winklevii fat?
mindysan33 at February 5th, 2014 11:31 — #6
Gutterpunks, maybe... I've known some quite fastidious punkers in my day...
mindysan33 at February 5th, 2014 11:34 — #7
I'd guess in practical terms, anything seen as a necessity of life could become currency, especially in a subsistence economy? Your local midwife shows up to birth a child or tend a hurt, some soap might be an acceptable part of the payment for services--- I think that the PBS documentary called The Diary of a Midwife addresses payment in kind vs. payment in coin. though I don't know about soap specifically. Maybe in prison type situations (prisons, concentration camps, etc).
gilbertwham at February 5th, 2014 11:44 — #8
Ye Olde america, as I recall. Can't remember where I read it, and my desultory googling showed nothing. I was hoping you'd know...
cementimental at February 5th, 2014 11:54 — #9
[insert Fight Club reference here]
mindysan33 at February 5th, 2014 16:42 — #10
Not off the top of my head. In the show I was talking about, I think the woman in her role as village mid-wife takes various types of goods, but I can't recall if she specifically took any sort of soap... yes, that was early American, right about the time of the revolution.
I'm afraid I don't know anything specifically, though. Sorry!
gilbertwham at February 5th, 2014 16:47 — #11
Ach, weel. Nevermind. It's probably apocryphal, and one of those 'facts' from purportedly edumacational children's books, then. I'm fuckin' sure I've read in a couple of places though about various things, including soap, being used in place of currency in early American history though. It's making me cross, now.
mindysan33 at February 5th, 2014 18:04 — #12
Well, I'm not an early Americanist, so I'm not the best person to ask. I'd say given the diversity of ways that people have employed exchange-value, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it were true.
agies at February 6th, 2014 09:28 — #13
Especially if it's Goatse Coin.
doctorow at February 9th, 2014 23:00 — #14
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