Australia has printed 46 million 'new and improved' $50 notes with a typo
Australia has f***ed up big time.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed that 46 million of the country's new $50 notes have been printed with a typo.
It was announced back in October by the RBA that the new $50 would "[mark] a milestone in the upgrade of Australia's banknotes. The $50 is the most widely circulated banknote, accounting for nearly half of the total value of banknotes in use, and it is the denomination primarily used in ATMs."
But despite the fact the "new and improved" design of the banknote was integrated with incredible state-of-the-art technologies that would inhibit counterfeiting and improve accessibility, it seems nobody bothered to run it through spellcheck.
That's right, the new yellow note features the word 'responsibility' spelled incorrectly.
In a segment of miniature text taken from part of a speech by Edith Cowan - a women and children's rights activist who features on the note itself - it reads:
"I stand here today in the unique position of being the first woman in an Australian parliament. It is a great responsibilty."
As I'm sure you've noticed, the last 'I' in responsibility has been missed. So, just the one minor error, right? Well, no...
The speech repeats the blunder all the way down the note with the same typo featured EVERY. DAMN. TIME.
The speech was Cowan's inaugural speech to parliament, in which she spoke valiantly for women's right to vote:
"I think it should be quite as legal to give a woman a vote in the union as it is to give the men a vote. As a woman I desire class consciousness of every kind to be eliminated."
The note also features the Indigenous writer and inventor David Unaipon, along with excerpts of Unaipon’s book, Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.
Australia has always been somewhat ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to money, as it was the first country to use polymer banknotes. These were invented by Australian federal government agency CSIRO and were first introduced all the way back in 1988.
Compared with the standard paper notes, the polymer bills have an increased durability and security. The new $50 bills also introduced a tactile feature of four raised bumps, allowing for the visually impaired to easily recognise them.
In other news, Australia has recently introduced strict new driving laws that promises to punish drink-drivers: