7 Reasons why LEGO® bricks should replace the US Dollar

The news is depressing.  The US Dollar is slumping.  Canada’s dollar is of equal value.  I hear that according to the Big Mac Index that a burger would cost over $7 in some European countries.  Perhaps all of my future travels will be to developing nations where the dollar still has a relatively high value.  Or we could switch to LEGO® bricks for currency.  Here are my reasons.

  1. Then our currency could never be “worthless” – if nothing else we could play with it when we can no longer buy things with the money.  I suppose some people are already doing this with penny stacking.
  2. Some of our money is made out of metal. That may have been fine during the iron age but today’s economies revolve around petroleum products. Let our currency show that!
  3. Every child would instinctively be raised only knowing how to save (even horde) money.  How many times have you seen a penny on the street?  How full is that “need a penny” tray?  If those were even 1×1 LEGO® bricks they would have been picked up before you ever saw them.  Nobody gives them away unless they  are doing it for a gift.  And if they didn’t give you Lego then they would have given you money — see?  Cash is a secondary gift to LEGO® kits.
  4. If you ever stepped on a LEGO® piece you know that you’d never just leave it lying around.  You would always keep it stored in a safe place where you are not going to step on one with your heel while barefoot.
  5. It wouldn’t be prone to slipping out of your pocket and in between the couch cushions.  Those characteristic bumps would make that almost impossible.
  6. I have more LEGO® pieces than i have money.  I bet quite a few people are like that.  If my net worth were measured in LEGO® pieces then i would owe nobody and would have a significant stash in the spare bedroom closet.
  7. Counterfeits would be easy to spot.  “Hey, wait — this is a Megablock!  What are you trying to pull here?”
zieak (2207 Posts)

Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.


4 thoughts on “7 Reasons why LEGO® bricks should replace the US Dollar”

  1. But how much of that Lego is joint ‘owned’ by Kevin and I? Imagine how upset we’d be that you snuck (sneaked?) it out of Mom and Dad’s hidden in your suitcases!

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