I had an interesting coincidence the other day. I have a friend who occasionally plays at a high stakes poker room in the District, and a few nights ago he noticed I was reading my book report book (Han Sorya and North Korean Literature -- almost as fun as high stakes gambling). "Hey," he said, "so you know why they only give out twenties at the poker game?"
"No," I shrugged.
"Well, it's cause North Korea is making these crazy hundred dollar bills. Which I think is ridiculous. I mean, do they really think that fake money is going to make it here from North Korea?"
But thanks to class earlier that day, I could tell him he was mistaken. The counterfeit US hundred dollar bills (called Superdollars!) are indeed making it to the States, and have caused quite a ruckus. The New York Times put out an interesting article on the subject about a year ago . . . it's rather long, but the first couple of pages are helpful, if you're not interested in reading the whole deal.