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(Our Documents)   Cool item of the day: the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska. And the Russkies threw in the future Sarah Palin for nothing   (ourdocuments.gov) divider line 52
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2012-10-18 12:59:20 PM
We should try to flip that territory.
 
2012-10-18 01:08:43 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.


That would damage our precious supplies of oil, seafood, and crazy people.
 
2012-10-18 01:45:52 PM
I suppose it's too late for a return.
 
2012-10-18 02:17:14 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.



I bet we could pay off the debt/deficit with that.


/Sell Alaska!
 
2012-10-18 02:41:49 PM
 
2012-10-18 02:44:20 PM
Appropriate for today, which is Alaska Day, a state holiday

"Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which took place at a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sitka on Friday October 18, 1867 (11 hours behind St. Petersburg, Russia, half past midnight, Saturday 7 October, St. Petersburg time, Julian Calendar, or 3:30 p.m. in Sitka, 7 October)."


Also my wedding anniversary, scheduled so that we'd always have the day off as long as we work for the state.
 
2012-10-18 02:45:57 PM
7.2 mil for a view of Russia from your house, nice. How many bedrooms?
 
2012-10-18 02:47:30 PM
The motto of the single Alaskan woman: "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."
 
2012-10-18 02:48:34 PM

Sybarite: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.

That would damage our precious supplies of oil, seafood, and crazy people.


We have a lot of crazies here that is for sure.
 
2012-10-18 02:49:12 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.


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Oh don't worry, four more years of the so called progressives pissing away our money and it will be foreclosed upon.
 
2012-10-18 02:51:19 PM
I'd love to see the check register.

9758 To: Publix For: Milk $1.27
9759 To: Russia For: Alaska $7,200,000
9760 void
9761 To: Ford's Theatre For: cleaning bill (final settlement) $1,250
 
2012-10-18 02:52:40 PM

Nakito: The motto of the single Alaskan woman: "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."


Old saying, but still true.

/Just ask my wife
 
2012-10-18 02:53:46 PM
Okay, so the check did clear. That's a relief.
 
2012-10-18 02:58:16 PM
I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?
 
2012-10-18 03:01:17 PM

Sybarite: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.

That would damage our precious supplies of oil, seafood, and crazy people.


There's still Texas.
 
2012-10-18 03:04:22 PM
In 2011 money that's only $109 million.

Not bad--not bad at all. At that rate, could we buy Canada for like $1 billion?
 
2012-10-18 03:04:45 PM
Should a cheque (check) from Russia be spelled "Czech"?

/'kay, I will STFU now.
 
2012-10-18 03:04:57 PM
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.

Frack that, they have OIL, sell a state that doesn't have oil.
 
2012-10-18 03:05:25 PM

TV's Vinnie: I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?


I think it's only a million dollars a year, so it really wouldn't be that much compared to the budget.
 
2012-10-18 03:05:53 PM
I'll just leave this here and be on my way...

Link

FWIW, The words in the opening screen are "Give it Back".

The Group Любэ from the Crazy Boris Yeltsin years.
Better translated as Lyubeh, although "Lube" certainly looks funnier.
Fun times.
 
2012-10-18 03:08:46 PM

soosh: Appropriate for today, which is Alaska Day, a state holiday

"Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which took place at a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sitka on Friday October 18, 1867 (11 hours behind St. Petersburg, Russia, half past midnight, Saturday 7 October, St. Petersburg time, Julian Calendar, or 3:30 p.m. in Sitka, 7 October)."


Also my wedding anniversary, scheduled so that we'd always have the day off as long as we work for the state.


A Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs., then.

/the hell are you doing posting on Fark?
 
2012-10-18 03:10:01 PM
True Fact:

Edouard de Stoeckl never made it back to Russia with the check. Weeks later, the Czar's agents tracked him to Las Vegas where they found him living in the Emperor's Suite in the Chunka-Chunka-Bummer Casino Hotel. He and his 20 female 'escorts' were down to loose dollars and the CCB security staff was trying to evict them.
 
2012-10-18 03:12:32 PM
Reminds me of Civ 3 where you could trade somebody for some resource with the offer of 1000 gold per turn. They'd accept it. Then you'd attack them the next turn, nullifying all trade agreements.
 
2012-10-18 03:12:46 PM

internut scholar: wouldn


It's $1 p/year. I can cover that for Uncle Sam should the occasion arise.
 
2012-10-18 03:19:57 PM
And the Ruskies threw in the future Sarah Palin for nothing.

I want my money back.
 
2012-10-18 03:21:02 PM

TV's Vinnie: I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?


I saw an interview where he opened the drawer and showed the checks. It was kinda funny a pile of them sitting there.
 
das
2012-10-18 03:22:43 PM

TV's Vinnie: I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?


Since the rent is a buck a year......not much.
 
2012-10-18 03:27:33 PM

david_gaithersburg: internut scholar: wouldn

It's $1 p/year. I can cover that for Uncle Sam should the occasion arise.


Wiki says: $4,085 As of 2007

Still want to be a big spender?
 
2012-10-18 03:27:54 PM

TV's Vinnie: I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?


He doesn't need to, with his trillion dollar bill.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-18 03:28:03 PM

probesport: Sybarite: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: We should try to flip that territory.

That would damage our precious supplies of oil, seafood, and crazy people.

There's still Texas Florida.


FTFY 

/Texas will secede
 
2012-10-18 03:29:59 PM

oldfarthenry: Should a cheque (check) from Russia be spelled "Czech"?

/'kay, I will STFU now.


Thanks.

No, but seriously, how stupid was Russia to do this? They essentially gave away an amazing, and strategically placed piece of land. I'll bet they were shidding themselves during the cold war with regret. That, and all the gold that came out.
 
2012-10-18 03:31:07 PM

das: TV's Vinnie: I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?

Since the rent is a buck a year......not much.


Wiki: "In 1934 the Avery Porko treaty reaffirming the lease granted Cuba and its trading partners free access through the bay, modified the lease payment from $2,000 in U.S. gold coins per year to the 1934 equivalent value of $4,085 in U.S. dollars."

So, a little more than a buck a year, though not enough to make up for aid they used to get from the Russians.
 
2012-10-18 03:32:46 PM

Current Resident: soosh: Appropriate for today, which is Alaska Day, a state holiday

"Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which took place at a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sitka on Friday October 18, 1867 (11 hours behind St. Petersburg, Russia, half past midnight, Saturday 7 October, St. Petersburg time, Julian Calendar, or 3:30 p.m. in Sitka, 7 October)."


Also my wedding anniversary, scheduled so that we'd always have the day off as long as we work for the state.

A Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs., then.

/the hell are you doing posting on Fark?


I'm laid up in bed with what looks to be a torn quadriceps tendon.
 
2012-10-18 03:40:03 PM
And the Russkies threw in the future Sarah Palin for nothing

Seward's Filly?
 
2012-10-18 03:42:18 PM
Sell California, it even comes with it's own debt.
 
2012-10-18 03:48:09 PM

pennysdeuce: oldfarthenry: Should a cheque (check) from Russia be spelled "Czech"?

/'kay, I will STFU now.

Thanks.

No, but seriously, how stupid was Russia to do this? They essentially gave away an amazing, and strategically placed piece of land. I'll bet they were shidding themselves during the cold war with regret. That, and all the gold that came out.


The actual, non-joke reason that I heard was that they knew that their arch-enemies the British would take it from them soon, so they sold it to the US to both get some cash and screw the Brits over. They would have lost Alaska either way.
 
2012-10-18 03:49:46 PM
We really shouldn't have bought that. Think of the tax cuts we could have had.
 
2012-10-18 03:58:37 PM

soosh: I'm laid up in bed with what looks to be a torn quadriceps tendon.


Ow... Geez, that's no fun.

Take it easy and get well soon.
 
2012-10-18 04:12:42 PM

Allah_sezs: Sell California, it even comes with it's own debt.


I'm good with that, just give me time to pack first
 
2012-10-18 04:20:09 PM

Need_MindBleach: The actual, non-joke reason that I heard was that they knew that their arch-enemies the British would take it from them soon, so they sold it to the US to both get some cash and screw the Brits over. They would have lost Alaska either way.


Hm, I'm skeptical of that. If the Brits really wanted to take Alaska, they would've done it during the Crimean War in the 1850s - they had a superior force in the north Pacific then (although it got its butt kicked at Kamchatka) and could've easily managed it if they wanted to.
 
2012-10-18 04:28:46 PM

Lando Lincoln: I suppose it's too late for a return.


Tuesday was the last day and we would have had to take store credit after the first 30 days.
 
2012-10-18 04:58:42 PM
Can someone repost the image of the check? It's not showing on my phone.
 
2012-10-18 05:08:56 PM

soosh: Current Resident: soosh: Appropriate for today, which is Alaska Day, a state holiday

"Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which took place at a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sitka on Friday October 18, 1867 (11 hours behind St. Petersburg, Russia, half past midnight, Saturday 7 October, St. Petersburg time, Julian Calendar, or 3:30 p.m. in Sitka, 7 October)."


Also my wedding anniversary, scheduled so that we'd always have the day off as long as we work for the state.

A Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs., then.

/the hell are you doing posting on Fark?

I'm laid up in bed with what looks to be a torn quadriceps tendon.


NUUUUUURRRSSEEE!!

We didn't get this day working for the muni because apparently we traded it for an extra Turkey day. Or somesuch. Or maybe we didn't get Sewards Day. Oh well.

Get well Soosh!
 
2012-10-18 06:10:50 PM
$7,200,000 ?? Holy Fark! That's a lot of money.

That's like over 100 A-Rod at bats!

I can see why people consider the deal a waste of money.
 
2012-10-18 06:13:17 PM
homer: marge how many smackers is $7,200,000???

marge: *marges screechy voice* seven million two hundred thousand!
 
2012-10-18 08:18:30 PM

TV's Vinnie: I've heard that Castro has been issued a check year after year from the US as rent payment for use of the Gitmo territory that he has literally left sitting in a desk drawer uncashed.

I kind of wonder what would happen if Fidel just up & decided to cash in all of those checks together at the same time?


Why bother? He just prints all the U.S. currency he needs.
 
2012-10-18 09:22:37 PM
joeguide.com
 
2012-10-18 09:51:53 PM

powerplantgirl: soosh: Current Resident: soosh: Appropriate for today, which is Alaska Day, a state holiday

"Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which took place at a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sitka on Friday October 18, 1867 (11 hours behind St. Petersburg, Russia, half past midnight, Saturday 7 October, St. Petersburg time, Julian Calendar, or 3:30 p.m. in Sitka, 7 October)."


Also my wedding anniversary, scheduled so that we'd always have the day off as long as we work for the state.

A Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs., then.

/the hell are you doing posting on Fark?

I'm laid up in bed with what looks to be a torn quadriceps tendon.

NUUUUUURRRSSEEE!!

We didn't get this day working for the muni because apparently we traded it for an extra Turkey day. Or somesuch. Or maybe we didn't get Sewards Day. Oh well.

Get well Soosh!


Get well so you can take some more photos!
 
2012-10-18 10:15:36 PM
Sans Flash:

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc_large _image.php?doc=41
 
2012-10-19 09:10:09 AM

fickenchucker: In 2011 money that's only $109 million.

Not bad--not bad at all. At that rate, could we buy Canada for like $1 billion?


You mean China could buy Canada for you...
 
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