Sunday, January 22, 2006

Money gets fishy

Voting has begun on the upcoming Washington state quarter. The options are, shall we say, a little odd. (Use the little arrows under the one image to see the other two.)

The first option looks like eleventy billion other state quarters, kind of a crazy quilt of state symbols and images. There's the state outline, as if it's uniquely cool on its own (it's not). There's an apple, because -- hey! we grow 'em! (Along with a ton of other states). There's a mountain! Ooh, look out, Colorado and Utah! There's a creepy looking salmon, because it's the one food people are supposed to think of when they think of us.

The second option takes some of those symbols and just uncrowds things a bit. There's that salmon, but instead of looking like he's been served up on a plate, he's leaping out of the water, as if mocking the state's fishermen: Can't catch me! There's Mount Rainier, the legendary monster volcano that's eventually going to cover us all with ash, looking so tiny that the salmon could easily block it out. And there's a row of trees, and the state motto, "Evergreen State," because it's just such a damn catchy slogan.

The third one -- well, it's definitely different. It's supposedly an orca (whale, to those who don't remember the seedy 1970s movie), done in what I guess is a traditional Northwest Native American style. Some people love this style. I'm not one of them. I think it looks more like a video-game token than actual cash currency. I kind of think that, were it chosen, it would quickly become the laughingstock of the quarters, with even lame designs like New Hampshire's Big Ol' Rock With a Face snickering at it behind their hands.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

We got to pick here in Colorado too, and it was quickly decided to use the most generic and boring of the choices. Yay for internet polling.

Monty said...

I still say the correct choice would be "George Washington in profile". Seriously, let's make the "Washington Quarter" a double-headed coin. Those sell for like five bucks at magic shops. It would be the most popular quarter in the country!

Maxwell Hammer said...

I like the last fish one.

Although I thought everyone had decided on this one, http://home.comcast.net/~cabp5/NIRVANAQUARTER.jpg

Anonymous said...

hey... don't be pickin' on New Hampshire...

The Old Man in the Mountain was a very famous landmark in NH, but unfortunately he crumpled a few years ago... *sigh* so NH has only the quarter to remind them (along with all the postcards) ;)

And hey, NH has the kewlest state motto ever: Live Free or Die!! Heh it's the first thing pointed out to tourists on the Boston Duck tour... "Look at those freaky NH license plates!!!"

Anonymous said...

At least you avoided Nebraska's problem... "Hey, let's find all the phallic symbols in the state and shove 'em on there!"

Meredith said...

I vote for Kentucky as the lamest state coin yet. The perspective with the horse and stable don't match and it bothers me more than it ought to.

DrBear said...

Don't feel bad. Here in Wisconsin, we got the cow, corn and cheese. Again. A roaring Harley? A ripped-off tourist at the Dells? No.

If we had to do that, we could have gone with the real Wisconsin slogan, adapted from New Hampshire:

"Eat Cheese or Die!"

Anonymous said...

I just pray that when the 50th state finally gets its chance at the quarter, it won't choose a hula dancer wearing a coconut bra in front of a grass shack. I already get teased by my Cali friends who claim that our rainbow license is the cheesy thing they've ever seen. Whatever, we're a happy state.