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Awestruck with horror [Oct. 1st, 2010|01:57 pm]
Zoethe
I'm stuck at Firestone waiting for a tire change. There's a TV on some sports channel. So I was just subjected to an ad for a "commemorative nonmonetary coin" for a 9/11 memorial. The base of the coin is gold, and then on top of that are silver representations of the twin towers and the USS New York.

The silver used for these coins is proclaimed to be ".999 pure silver recovered from Ground Zero."

What

The

Fuck.

Am I supposed to be impressed that someone is mining the wreckage for silver, and then turning it into tacky memorial coins? And I do mean tacky: the silver figures flip out from the base to stand up, making it 3D. And it's got some certificate of authenticity and authorization from some federal bureau of some long and incomprehensible name.

It's so gawdawful that I sort of hope they show it again so I can be certain that I'm not hallucinating.

I give Tacky its full due: it keeps finding ways to gobsmack me.
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[User Picture]From: ladyfox7oaks
2010-10-01 06:12 pm (UTC)
No honey- you aren't hallucinating. The "Coin" really does exist, and it really IS being advertised on late night TV, and it really IS that tacky. (But I suspect that, if it were brought to the attention of the FBI that they are using the "Official seal" of that department on the obverse, that the coin would go away real quick, cause I seriously do NOT think that they would be so tacky as to endorse this particular piece of c@rp!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
There seemed to be some way they were saying it was endorsed so the it was some Order of the FBI - that they probably made up to sound "official."

For once, *I* will be the one to yell "Too Soon!" And the timeline for long enough is NEVER.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2010-10-01 06:15 pm (UTC)
http://www.nationalcollectorsmint.com/product2.jsp?path=-1|1699&id=4689

Then the two pieces are clad in 15 mg each of 24 KT pure gold and .999 Pure Silver – priceless silver recovered from a bank vault in the ashes of Ground Zero. The Twin Towers can be raised to stand on the face of the proof – the proof is transformed into a standing sculpture of the Twin Towers!


Indeed, yuck!

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[User Picture]From: ladyfox7oaks
2010-10-01 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh- That's the older one... the NEW one has the USS New York sailing in front!
https://www.911anniversaryproof.com/?mid=954485
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2010-10-01 06:46 pm (UTC)
They're not actually mining the wreckage; just buying metal from a bank that had a vault at the World Trade Center. They've actually been doing these dubious "coins" for a number of years (and had sales of their first one halted by then New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.)
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-10-01 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah I saw that but haven't seen anything one way or the other where they were getting the silver from/who was selling it/etc. but I didn't look too hard.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 07:35 pm (UTC)
Ah. The ads make the"recovery" sound very dramatic. Of course that would be equally overblown.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-01 07:08 pm (UTC)

Ditto

I saw the same ad a couple of hours ago and thought WTF myself. How incredibly tacky. I would love to see a slice of the population that actually bought that. Waaay tackier than the Obama Chia Head I have seen advertised and thought was a parody right up until they gave the price and number. WHOAH!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 07:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Ditto

What people will pay money for boggles me.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-10-01 08:16 pm (UTC)
That is awesomely tacky. As a species, we have some bizarre talents.

How much silver could there actually have been there? Did the excavation crew centrifuge the remains? I cannot imagine that the coins were actually minted from the claimed silver.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 09:25 pm (UTC)
Apparently there was a bank vault that had silver in it, and that's where it's come from.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-01 09:29 pm (UTC)
And they are so willing to let go of it!
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2010-10-02 11:42 am (UTC)

Seriously?

How far we have come from the memory of Black Tuesday! That's appalling!!

In a similar, but less tasteless way, I was surprised by a radio commercial at the office the other day. The announcer said, "Yes, it's back to school time and you know what that means--mom needs casino money!"

:O

I was picturing, "Honey, I left some cookies for you--now I'm off to the casino!"

WTF?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-02 02:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Seriously?

Wow, that blows.

We're going to get a casino here. The black humor among bankruptcy attorneys is that it's job security.
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