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September 11: Doomsday on a $20 Bill

Netlore Archive: Do images formed by folding a U.S. $20 bill origami-style 'commemorate' the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, 2001?

Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: May 2002
Status: In the eye of the beholder


Example:
Email contributed by Dena M., May 15, 2002:

Subject: This was kinda cool


$20 Bill Remembrance of 9/11

Scroll down the page and follow the directions.


1. Fold a $20 bill in half so that you see the top half of the reverse side.



2. Fold the left half away from you as shown.



3. Fold the right half so that the burning Pentagon is revealed.



4. Flip the bill over to see the World Trade Center.


Analysis: Reactions to this fast-circulating curiosity have ranged from "Wow, that's eerie!" to "Obviously some people have too much time on their hands." Amen to both.

If you use your imagination, the images formed by folding a "new" (1998-issue) U.S. $20 bill as instructed do vaguely resemble portions of carefully selected photographs of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sure, it's an eerie coincidence, but any deeper significance is strictly in the eye of the beholder. To refer to the phenomenon as a "commemoration" or "remembrance" of the events of September 11, 2001, as the texts of many variants posted on the Web and circulating via email do, is to imbue it with a meaning that isn't objectively there.

Update: As it turns out, folding a series of U.S. bills beginning with $5 and ending with $100 produces what some regard as a chronological vignette of the World Trade Center disaster. See "The Greenback Prophecies."


See also:

The Wingdings Prophecies
Terrorist attacks prophesied by a Microsoft font!

Nostradamus Predicted Events of 9/11
Unfortunately, the famed seer didn't actually write some of the passages attributed to him

Image of Satan in World Trade Center Smoke
Did the Evil One make a personal appearance on 9/11?


Further reading:

Coincidences: Remarkable or Random?
Article by Bruce Martin in The Skeptical Inquirer


Current Hoaxes / Netlore
The Urban Legends Top 25

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