doctorow — 2014-02-04T23:00:48-05:00 — #1
timquinn — 2014-02-05T02:22:31-05:00 — #2
Soap and punk do not go together.
derekchan — 2014-02-05T04:23:37-05:00 — #3
Surefire way to get someone to pick up the soap.
gilbertwham — 2014-02-05T06:51:44-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-05T09:25:12-05:00 — #5
Any chance my $5 worth can be made of Winklevii fat?
mindysan33 — 2014-02-05T11:31:04-05:00 — #6
Gutterpunks, maybe... I've known some quite fastidious punkers in my day...
mindysan33 — 2014-02-05T11:34:44-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-05T11:44:39-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-05T11:54:40-05:00 — #9
[insert Fight Club reference here]
mindysan33 — 2014-02-05T16:42:55-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-05T16:47:30-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-05T18:04:07-05:00 — #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 — 2014-02-06T09:28:52-05:00 — #13
Especially if it's Goatse Coin.
doctorow — 2014-02-09T23:00:49-05:00 — #14
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