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(New York Magazine)   If Jack Lew is confirmed as Treasury secretary, he's either going to have to change his penmanship or US dollar bills are going to start bearing the most craptacular signature ever   (nymag.com) divider line 158
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2013-01-09 02:54:35 PM  
Geez it looks like Billy's path home in Family Circus.  Maybe he should switch to a plain simple X.
 
2013-01-09 03:00:58 PM  
It looks like someone lost a pube at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
 
2013-01-09 03:01:10 PM  
Ok, that was actually worse than I was expecting.  And I thought I was bad only bothering with three letters.
 
2013-01-09 03:26:12 PM  
That's some mighty fine penmanship there, Lew.
 
2013-01-09 04:02:25 PM  
Love it.
 
2013-01-09 04:02:37 PM  
I may have to revise my "Obama's cabinet is his prerogative" position now.
 
2013-01-09 04:06:22 PM  
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-09 04:12:46 PM  
www.catherineomega.com

Even the bill from Idiocracy seems to have a legible signature on it, instead of a squiggle.
 
2013-01-09 04:18:56 PM  
OTOH, it would help our deficit problem if the Treasury Secretary has trouble cashing checks.
 
2013-01-09 04:32:48 PM  
Thanks for stealing my "worst signature anyone has ever seen" throne. Seriously, people mock mine all the time. Even doctors recoil in horror when they see it. Am not sure how I developed it, but it seems to have happened around college when I had to sign so many forms that one day I said, "Fark it, I'm going in dry" and began scribbling. Prior to that it was legible.

/the lady at the DMV actually said, "Really? This is your signature?"
//she also didn't remind me to take off my baseball cap, so now my license is apparently issue to a retard in a New Orleans Saints hat who can't write his own name
 
2013-01-09 04:49:17 PM  
Meh.  A more interesting article would have been "Treasury secretaries through history changing their signatures when it actually comes time to sign US money."  They briefly referenced one example at the end.
 
2013-01-09 04:59:10 PM  
Am I the only who found the caption on TFA picture hilarious?
 
2013-01-09 05:01:24 PM  
So the new Treasury Secretary is OoooooO?
 
2013-01-09 05:01:59 PM  
Wow that signature makes me look like a master caligrapher(sp)
 
2013-01-09 05:02:11 PM  
Sounds like a conversation I've had the few times we've refinanced our mortgage.

Bank guy: "sign your name everywhere there's a tab"
Me: "do you want my signature or do you want me to sign my name?"
Bank guy: "Huh?"
Me: "Well, my signature is illegible and no longer has much to do with the letters in my name.  Or I could just write my name in cursive, but that's not really my signature.  Which do you want?"
Bank guy: "Uhm...."

I think we've refinance three times, and each time they seem completely unprepared for this situation.  I can't be the only one who's signature looks nothing like their name.
 
2013-01-09 05:02:22 PM  
I like these:
upload.wikimedia.org

Christopher Columbus.
 
2013-01-09 05:03:21 PM  

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 500x536]


I love you SO MUCH right now.

/"You'll be the first to die!"
 
2013-01-09 05:03:36 PM  
This is a very big deal.
 
2013-01-09 05:03:38 PM  
I keep seeing people who's signurature is an upsided down cursive e. just a loop.

it's like signing with an X except you're too lazy to pick the pen up off the paper.
 
2013-01-09 05:04:33 PM  
If this is the worst of our problems, we are in pretty good shape.
 
2013-01-09 05:06:18 PM  
It's a little dangerous because it makes you question why we do anything with signatures (99.9% of the time they aren't checked, they are never identical, wtf 12th-century-bs-is-this?). Rather like minting a trillion dollar coin makes you question what the fark a dollar is. They're both pertinent questions, but they're questions everyone would rather not have raised.
 
2013-01-09 05:07:50 PM  
Well the next generation isn't being taught how to write in cursive so this is only going to get worse.
 
2013-01-09 05:09:23 PM  
americanbuilt.us
 
2013-01-09 05:10:07 PM  

AngryTeacher: If this is the worst of our problems, we are in pretty good shape.


It's not.  We've just decided to focus on the piddly small problems, since we've given up trying to solve the horrible, world-destroying ones.
 
2013-01-09 05:10:29 PM  
I sign everything with my penis.
www.earlcarterlaw.com
I am no longer allowed in my bank.

www.earlcarterlaw.com
Fountain penis?
 
2013-01-09 05:10:42 PM  

tnpir: Am I the only who found the caption on TFA picture hilarious?


You are not. That was great.
 
2013-01-09 05:11:35 PM  
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Fountain penis.
 
2013-01-09 05:12:20 PM  
Jesus, you want a guy as treasury secretary who's too lazy to write one farking letter in his signature?
 
2013-01-09 05:12:27 PM  

tnpir: Am I the only who found the caption on TFA picture hilarious?


No. The pic and the caption were LOL-worthy.
 
2013-01-09 05:13:03 PM  
I actually think that's a cool signature.
 
2013-01-09 05:13:20 PM  

pudding7: Sounds like a conversation I've had the few times we've refinanced our mortgage.

Bank guy: "sign your name everywhere there's a tab"
Me: "do you want my signature or do you want me to sign my name?"
Bank guy: "Huh?"
Me: "Well, my signature is illegible and no longer has much to do with the letters in my name.  Or I could just write my name in cursive, but that's not really my signature.  Which do you want?"
Bank guy: "Uhm...."

I think we've refinance three times, and each time they seem completely unprepared for this situation.  I can't be the only one who's signature looks nothing like their name.


In my state it only legal to write our your ENTIRE (first, middle, and last) name when buying a house, no shortcuts. The lawyer was definitely prepared for this, he basically instructed me "not your signature, just write it our in cursive", knowing the two are rarely the same.
 
2013-01-09 05:13:35 PM  

Thisbymaster: Well the next generation isn't being taught how to write in cursive so this is only going to get worse.


Cursive is kind of unnecessary.
 
2013-01-09 05:15:13 PM  

mercator_psi: FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 500x536]

I love you SO MUCH right now.

/"You'll be the first to die!"


I wish I never see a spring again in my life!
 
2013-01-09 05:15:56 PM  

pudding7: Sounds like a conversation I've had the few times we've refinanced our mortgage.

Bank guy: "sign your name everywhere there's a tab"
Me: "do you want my signature or do you want me to sign my name?"
Bank guy: "Huh?"
Me: "Well, my signature is illegible and no longer has much to do with the letters in my name.  Or I could just write my name in cursive, but that's not really my signature.  Which do you want?"
Bank guy: "Uhm...."

I think we've refinance three times, and each time they seem completely unprepared for this situation.  I can't be the only one who's signature looks nothing like their name.


Bad idea to ask certain types of people to make a decision on the spot, particularly anyone who's work involves constantly checking people against a checklist provided by someone else before passing that info on to another person who rechecks and actually signs off on it. Just scrawl down your signature and let them work out later if there is an issue.
 
2013-01-09 05:16:26 PM  
I'll just leave this here.,..
galeri5.uludagsozluk.com
 
2013-01-09 05:16:26 PM  

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 500x536]


MST3K Content Requirement for Fark Thread #7526923: Satisfied.
 
2013-01-09 05:17:23 PM  

toraque: AngryTeacher: If this is the worst of our problems, we are in pretty good shape.

It's not.  We've just decided to focus on the piddly small problems, since we've given up trying to solve the horrible, world-destroying ones.


Remember when we were the country that could accomplish anything?
 
2013-01-09 05:17:59 PM  
Clearly, this is the most pressing matter we've had to date.
 
2013-01-09 05:18:48 PM  

Thisbymaster: Well the next generation isn't being taught how to write in cursive so this is only going to get worse.


My kid is in 4th grade and has learned cursive... in public school.

Her penmanship is better than mine.
 
2013-01-09 05:19:38 PM  
When people look at my signature, I say, "I don't have the education of a doctor, but I do have the signature of one". It is bad. And it seems like the harder I try, the worse it gets.
 
2013-01-09 05:19:43 PM  
He can always do Google Doodles . . .
 
2013-01-09 05:19:55 PM  

2xhelix: Geez it looks like Billy's path home in Family Circus.  Maybe he should switch to a plain simple X.


It's actually a very good signature. Signatures with loops are much harder to forge because the strokes are heavily tied to the geometry of your hand. Something like this would be very difficult to replicate and still look smooth. If you don't believe me try it. Note that the arc traced by the lowest point of each loop is distinctive.
 
2013-01-09 05:21:17 PM  
 
2013-01-09 05:21:20 PM  
Well I don't see a smiley face in his signature, so at least it's not a conspiracy.
 
2013-01-09 05:21:27 PM  

It's Me Bender: I'll just leave this here.,..
[galeri5.uludagsozluk.com image 570x559]

heahea.org
 
2013-01-09 05:21:59 PM  

Lawnchair: It's a little dangerous because it makes you question why we do anything with signatures (99.9% of the time they aren't checked, they are never identical, wtf 12th-century-bs-is-this?). Rather like minting a trillion dollar coin makes you question what the fark a dollar is. They're both pertinent questions, but they're questions everyone would rather not have raised.


Well, if it makes you feel any better, all across America election clerks with absolutely no training in handwriting analysis used signature validation to throw out tens of thousands of absentee ballots in our last election. So, signatures are still used as a pretext to systematically disenfranchise voters. You can't say that we don't use them for anything.
 
2013-01-09 05:22:03 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: Jesus, you want a guy as treasury secretary who's too lazy to write one farking letter in his signature?



That's it, I'm never voting for Oblahma again.
 
2013-01-09 05:22:11 PM  

AngryTeacher: toraque: AngryTeacher: If this is the worst of our problems, we are in pretty good shape.

It's not.  We've just decided to focus on the piddly small problems, since we've given up trying to solve the horrible, world-destroying ones.

Remember when we were the country that could accomplish anything?


Not really.
 
2013-01-09 05:22:24 PM  

pudding7: Sounds like a conversation I've had the few times we've refinanced our mortgage.

Bank guy: "sign your name everywhere there's a tab"
Me: "do you want my signature or do you want me to sign my name?"
Bank guy: "Huh?"
Me: "Well, my signature is illegible and no longer has much to do with the letters in my name.  Or I could just write my name in cursive, but that's not really my signature.  Which do you want?"
Bank guy: "Uhm...."

I think we've refinance three times, and each time they seem completely unprepared for this situation.  I can't be the only one who's signature looks nothing like their name.


Banker didn't know his stuff - the answer is "your signature".

With respect to the promissory note, UCC 3-401 validated your chicken scratch signature, even if it was just an "X". UCC 3-401 states "(b) A signature may be made . . . (ii) by the use of any name, including a trade or assumed name, or by a word, mark, or symbol executed or adopted by a person with present intention to authenticate a writing. . ." With respect to a lot of the other instruments, it's covered by state law, but I'm not aware of any state law that requires a signature to be legible letters...
 
2013-01-09 05:22:32 PM  
I like his signature. Then again, I might be a bit biased as my signature is just two squiggles. But I can do them in roughly .1 seconds, and really, it would be as hard as any other signature to forge.
 
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