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Old June 11th, 2014, 04:46 PM   #25661
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"Soccer is a complex game"?

Not nearly as complex as American football...
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Old June 11th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #25662
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Old June 11th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #25663
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Not again.... This Euro-American debate is getting old...
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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:00 PM   #25664
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It's not a debate. I just said American football is more complex than European one. As a matter of fact, i like American football more.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:00 PM   #25665
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What debate? I thought it was funny. And at our expense.

Sheesh.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #25666
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It's not a debate. I just said American football is more complex than European one. As a matter of fact, i like American football more.
As Italian, you should thank God for Slovakia did not qualify
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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #25667
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As Italian, you should thank God for Slovakia did not qualify
I won't follow World Cup... I don't even know which teams are in
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:40 PM   #25668
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btw i have found out today that self-service car wash which i use accepts 10 HUF coins and recognizes them as 2 HRK good exchange rate! (it also accepts 1 PLN coins, but rate is bad, machine recognizes them as 1 HRK )
Back in the 80's & early 90's a 5p coin (shilling) was the same size and weight as a 1 DM coin in West Germany. It was very useful to know this when visiting GDR for us Brits as the vending machines selling cigarettes accepted the 5p coins. This resulted in us being able to buy a pack of 20 cigarettes for 20p when they were about £2 a packet at the time.

The cost of 20 cigarettes was 4DM and the exchange rate was approx 2DM to £1. Pity the authorities cottoned on. What with all the Brit bases over there at the time it must of cost the German economy a fortune at the time.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #25669
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Greetings from sunny Sneek, Friesland, Netherlands. Two more days of swimming here and then off to Maupertus-sur-mer, Normandy, France...
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:49 PM   #25670
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Back in the 80's & early 90's a 5p coin (shilling) was the same size and weight as a 1 DM coin in West Germany. It was very useful to know this when visiting GDR for us Brits as the vending machines selling cigarettes accepted the 5p coins. This resulted in us being able to buy a pack of 20 cigarettes for 20p when they were about £2 a packet at the time.

The cost of 20 cigarettes was 4DM and the exchange rate was approx 2DM to £1. Pity the authorities cottoned on. What with all the Brit bases over there at the time it must of cost the German economy a fortune at the time.
In North America it's the other way around: Canadian and U.S. coins are close enough in size, to the casual observer, that an American would have had no trouble dealing with Canadian coinage, and vice versa. At least until Canada introduced $1.00 and $2.00 coins that actually caught on.

But apparently they were just different enough that you couldn't, at least in my (limited) experience, fool a vending machine.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #25671
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In North America it's the other way around: Canadian and U.S. coins are close enough in size, to the casual observer, that an American would have had no trouble dealing with Canadian coinage, and vice versa. At least until Canada introduced $1.00 and $2.00 coins that actually caught on.

But apparently they were just different enough that you couldn't, at least in my (limited) experience, fool a vending machine.
But then no one can fool those fools forever...
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Old June 12th, 2014, 01:25 AM   #25672
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In North America it's the other way around: Canadian and U.S. coins are close enough in size, to the casual observer, that an American would have had no trouble dealing with Canadian coinage, and vice versa. At least until Canada introduced $1.00 and $2.00 coins that actually caught on.

But apparently they were just different enough that you couldn't, at least in my (limited) experience, fool a vending machine.
In Canada I have frequently been given US coins as change from stores, they have basically infiltrated the money supply at par. Mind you it is typically always the penny (both very close in appearance and size, and value), but I've even gotten a US quarter at least once or twice (but it's really rare)
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Old June 12th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #25673
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As Italian, you should thank God for Slovakia did not qualify
But there's South Korea unfortunately. (remember 2002 edition)
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old June 12th, 2014, 01:33 AM   #25674
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Back in the 80's & early 90's a 5p coin (shilling) was the same size and weight as a 1 DM coin in West Germany. It was very useful to know this when visiting GDR for us Brits as the vending machines selling cigarettes accepted the 5p coins. This resulted in us being able to buy a pack of 20 cigarettes for 20p when they were about £2 a packet at the time.

The cost of 20 cigarettes was 4DM and the exchange rate was approx 2DM to £1. Pity the authorities cottoned on. What with all the Brit bases over there at the time it must of cost the German economy a fortune at the time.
You mean FRG (West Germany), not GDR (East Germany).
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 03:04 AM   #25675
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In Canada I have frequently been given US coins as change from stores, they have basically infiltrated the money supply at par. Mind you it is typically always the penny (both very close in appearance and size, and value), but I've even gotten a US quarter at least once or twice (but it's really rare)
I've gotten Canadian pennies too. But I guess you won't be getting U.S. pennies any more.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 08:54 AM   #25676
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In euro currency zone people usually do not check the coins they get. Of course every euro and eurocent coins are valid in the whole area of the zone but it may be interesting to see what you have.
Currently I have 8 coins (not counting the great amount of 1 and 2 cent coins which are stored in a little box).
- 1 from Fance
- 1 from the Netherlands
- 2 from Belgium
- 1 from Austria
- 2 from Germany
- 1 from I don't know which country (but surely not Germany)
And I live in Germany and I'm quite sure I got all of them here in Germany.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 09:31 AM   #25677
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Good topic :-)
Currently I have (2, 1 and 0,50)

5 from Slovakia
1 from Germany

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Old June 12th, 2014, 12:24 PM   #25678
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Recently I got 2 euro from Monaco, never seen one before.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #25679
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I am a collector, i have over 100 different euro coins from various nations. I also collect other coins from the world, I have over 4000 of them.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 01:49 PM   #25680
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after my Balkan trip I gave some coins from BiH, AL, MK, HR to a friend home, who is also a collector. He was very happy
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