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Checks have been surpassed by plastic:
http://usatoday.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=USATODAY.com+-+Plastic+finally+surpasses+paper+checks&expire=&urlID=12504655&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fmoney%2Findustries%2Fbanking%2F2004-12-06-checks-eclipsed_x.htm%3FPOE%3DNEWISVA&partnerID=1661

“For the first time, Americans’ use of credit cards, debit cards and other electronic bill paying has eclipsed paper checks.
The number of electronic payment transactions last year totaled 44.5 billion — exceeding the number of checks paid, 36.7 billion — according to Federal Reserve studies released Monday.
That’s a first, the Fed said.
“The balance has shifted from check writing to electronic payments, and we expect this trend to continue,” said Richard Oliver, senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve banks’ product manager for retail payments.
In the Fed’s previous research, the number of consumer and business checks paid in 2000 came to 41.9 billion, while the number of credit cards, debt cards and other electronic payments totaled 30.6 billion.”

More stupid inventions, a cell phone that if you toss it out your car window it will become a sunflower:
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=569&u=/nm/20041206/tc_nm/tech_mobilephonecover_biodegradable_dc_3&printer=1

Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.-based mobile phone maker Motorola (NYSE:MOTnews), has come up with a polymer that looks like any other plastic, but which degrades into soil when discarded.
Researchers at the University of Warwick in Britain then helped to develop a phone cover that contains a sunflower seed, which will feed on the nitrates that are formed when the polyvinylalcohol polymer cover turns to waste.
“It’s a totally biodegradable and non-toxic plastic,” said Pvaxx spokesman Peter Morris. “

How about you just get a phone with a chord?

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