That may seem like a minor inconvenience until you realize he also decreed that the older, "unlucky" denominations would cease to be legal tender. Considering the fact that most Burmese hid their cash in biscuit tins, the entire country lost their savings overnight.
But hey! Look how colorful their buildings are.
What happened to him?
The denomination-changing dick move happened to be Ne Win's last. Everybody was so pissed off that the entire country completely flipped out. To calm the raging hordes demanding his blood, Ne Win had no choice but to step down, handing the reins to a guy called San Yu.
In his farewell speech, Ne Win bitterly warned the protesters that they were seriously not cool. In 2002, Ne Win's son-in-law launched a failed coup that was supposedly orchestrated by Ne Win. As a result, Ne Win was placed under house arrest, where he would die later that year. He had the last laugh, however, as true to his soothsayers' word, he lived to be 91. Holy shit, that means the dolphin blood thing is also true!
We've got this friend who says their tears can cure erectile dysfunction. He'll sell you a half liter for $50.