If you're brilliant, industrious, and extremely lucky, you will leave your name in the annals of history. All you have to do is invent something lasting and iconic, and even if they don't realize they're doing it, people will speak your name every single day. Like the vaunted Baron Von Eggbeater, creator of -- you guessed it -- Von's grocery store. But be careful what kind of legacy you leave, or you'll be remembered forever for something you totally despise, as if you were granted a wish from one of those dickhead genies that have to twist everything around. Just look at ...
Andrew Jackson Hated Paper Currency, But His Face Was Put On A Banknote
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Anyone who's handled U.S. currency will recognize Andrew Jackson, whose harshly judgmental visage adorns all modern $20 bills. Having your face plastered on money is supposedly the greatest honor a politician can hope for. But don't tell Jackson that -- both because of what we're about to tell you, and also because he was generally an unpredictable maniac.
Those who stayed awake in American history class will remember one of the largest issues surrounding Jackson's reelection in 1832: the Bank War. While the majority of the legislative branch wanted to reauthorize the charter of the Second Bank of the United States, Jackson fought the effort every step of the way. The bank was meant to regulate public credit created by private banking and maintain a stable national currency. But Jackson disagreed with federal banking on principle, arguing that it only benefited the rich. And what he hated most about it was the idea of money made out of paper instead of something innately valuable, like gold or silver.
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That's a whole lot of words for what amounts to "I will stab and choke every asshole banker I see, so help me God."
Jackson lost his war against paper, but never stopped warning people about it. In his farewell address, he said, "But experience has now proved the mischiefs and dangers of a paper currency, and it rests with you to determine whether the proper remedy shall be applied."