When was the last time you heard of something as big as a rat getting into a secure box like an ATM, and then eating a huge amount of cash? This unlikely thing is claimed to have happened in India. They may want to check a few details, however, like would any rat anywhere, no matter how hungry actually eat Indian rupee notes? Shedding it for bedding, I get, yes, but eating it? Crazy story.
When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat.
What they found inside the ATM was almost $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes and one dead rodent that had somehow eluded the machine’s security camera for its next, and last, meal, a State Bank of India (SBI) official said on Thursday.
“The ATM was out of order for a few days and when our technicians opened the kiosk we were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat,” said Chandan Sharma, SBI branch manager in the town of Tinsukia in the northeastern state of Assam.
GAUHATI, India — Police say at least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it finished, more than $19,000 in bills were shredded.
The police superintendent in the town of Tinsukia, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, says that when technicians arrived June 11 to fix a broken State Bank of India cash machine they found a dead rat inside it and Indian currency notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees, or a little over $19,000, chewed to shreds. The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables.
A bank employee said Friday an investigation has been ordered.
Reports estimate the destroyed banknotes at between 1.2 and 1.3 million rupees ($17,662 to $19,000).
Edible money is an idea before its time… but if a person could survive well on a new edible US dollar a day,–“Peel coating to deactivate money and eat”– it would give our currency at least some missing physical backing.
Xeno’s Nanotech Edible Money Challenge
Fit 2,000 healthy balanced calories into something the size of a US dollar with as close as possible to the same physical characteristics, hight, weight, texture, as the dollar bill in use way back in the year 2018. Removing the money coating could change any of these from legal tender to daily meal. (You wouldn’t want the coating to rip in money use mode, but you would want the food to be tearable into pieces, so it would have a film coat, like fruit leather on plastic.)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a dollar weighs one gram. This is the same weight for every denomination of a U.S. note.
One of the most calorically dense foods I could find were Macadamia Nuts with 7.18 calories per gram, so anything with 250 times the calories per gram would work.
For comparison, here are how some other foods rate:
Honey: 3.04 calories/gram
Salmon: 2.06 calories/gram
Then I remembered that fats provide more calories per gram (9) than either protein (4) or carbohydrates (also 4), so .. how about…
Coconut Oil: 9 calories/gram.
Check. The maximum energy you could get from an edible dollar currently, if it was made entirely of leatherized paper-thin coconut oil, is 9 calories. Your super food will need to be 222 more calorically dense than coconut oil to meet the challenge goal of 2,000 calories/gram of super money food.