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Old 23 March 2009, 05:00 AM
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Comment: I just heard that US birth certificates are bonds and therefore
can be redeemed for cash, something like 20,000 dollars. No way, right?
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Old 23 March 2009, 05:20 AM
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Comment: I just heard that US birth certificates are bonds and therefore
can be redeemed for cash, something like 20,000 dollars. No way, right?
Isn't this figure curiously close to what the per capita "share" of the national debt (which if I'm correct is composed of Government bonds) was at some point in the not too distant past?

Maybe someone explaining the national debt in terms of "each citizen effectively owes $20,000" has gotten confused somehow.
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Old 23 March 2009, 06:28 PM
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Comment: I don't have much information on this, but we have friends that
believe the following:

Did you know that a birth certificate is also a bond. Each BC is a bank
note (in tiny print at the bottom of page) meaning our children are
ownership of others. Refuse the BC based on religious principles.

This is a direct quote from them. Is there anyway to check if this is
true? I haven't found any really good information on the internet except
that birth certificates are in fact printed on bank note paper.
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Old 23 March 2009, 06:46 PM
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You could probably sell a birth certificate. Package it with a social security card, and you might be able to make $20k from it.

But the certificate itself indicates nothing except when and where a person was born. Beyond that, it has no meaning.
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Old 23 March 2009, 07:05 PM
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Each BC is a bank note (in tiny print at the bottom of page) ...

Is there anyway to check if this is true?
Uh, how about looking at a birth certificate and checking for tiny print at the bottom of the page?
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Old 23 March 2009, 07:08 PM
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Oh cool. DD has two birth certificates. Bonus bucks.
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Old 23 March 2009, 07:13 PM
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What's to stop someone from ordering thousands of them. When I got a copy of mine, it cost about $20, so that is a 1000x profit. Sounds like a good idea to me
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Old 23 March 2009, 07:14 PM
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Did you know that a birth certificate is also a bond. Each BC is a bank
note (in tiny print at the bottom of page) meaning our children are
ownership of others. Refuse the BC based on religious principles.
This makes me all fidgety. I don't think you can refuse a birth certificate on any grounds, but the religiousity of this is amazing.
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Old 23 March 2009, 07:22 PM
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What's to stop someone from ordering thousands of them. When I got a copy of mine, it cost about $20, so that is a 1000x profit. Sounds like a good idea to me
That's exactly what I was going to say! I have had to get new (certified) copies of our birth certificates after a household "incident" * destroyed ours, and it was very easy and not that expensive. So I could order several new ones for each of us and...there's my retirement plan right there!


*The moral of that story is do not tell your children to "throw away anything that looks like trash" when you still have important documents lying on the desk in the living room. We had to replace birth certificates, divorce decrees, marriage licenses, and other legal documents that had been needed but then were carelessly left sitting on the desk waiting to be put back into the fireproof filing cabinet.
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