Kazakh Cash Gaffe Worthy of 'Borat'

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Currency unveiled in Kazakhstan misspells the word "bank." It's bad timing for a country lampooned by the film Borat. Authorities will distribute the new money then slowly retire the bills that carry the mistake.


Poor Kazakhstan just can't seem to catch a break. This week came news that the country's freshly printed currency contains a spelling error. The word written incorrectly on every bill is bank. This, of course, comes on the heels on the Borat debacle, a new film featuring the fictional Kazakh documentarian who is racist, sexist and anti-Semitic has raised the ire of Kazakhstan's government, which claims that the central Asian nation is being slandered. That reaction, though, has only served to draw even more attention to the movie and Borat's buffoon-like portrayal of his alleged countrymen. As for the Kazak money, members of Parliament are encouraging the government not to distribute the typographically challenged bills. But the Central Bank says it will go ahead and put them into circulation next month, then gradually withdraw them to correct the spelling. I wonder how many they'll get back?

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