In Hungary, Burning Money for Fuel, Literally.
Published March 21st, 2012
Photography by Laszio Balogh
National Geographic put together this series of pictures telling the story of how Hungary is turning their old worn our money into heating briquettes to heat their country. The bills no longer have any monetary value but they have proved priceless during a winter of unusually brutal cold across eastern Europe. Some four tons of heating briquettes made from banknotes are dumped into a truck for delivery to needy charities across Hungary. A single 1 kilogram (2.2-pound) brick contains the remains of some 5 million forints, or about $20,000 (U.S.). Chosen charities may receive as many as 20 or 30 tons of the briquettes each year. The style of this article is very interesting and mainly fact based. Because at the bottom of each picture the author writes a few sentences about the contents in the picture. unfortunately there wasn't one photo that was depicted wrongly. I was hoping there would be so I could make that point on here. But the author and the photographer weren't wanting to write it in that way clearly. Why is that? Is it because it is "National Geographic?" I am not sure, but its a good question.