Doodles on dollars? Future Treasury chief’s scrawl in focus

Updated 10 January 2013
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Doodles on dollars? Future Treasury chief’s scrawl in focus

WASHINGTON: The venerable greenback could begin printing with a loopy signature that looks like a first grader’s doodle if, as expected, the White House names Jack Lew to head the US Treasury. The Treasury Secretary becomes perhaps best known for signing, electronically, every US banknote printed while holding the post. Most of the recent secretaries, including outgoing Timothy Geithner, get away with generally legible, if not elegant, scrawls.
But after the White House hinted that Lew would be nominated to replace Geithner on Thursday, attention focused not on his budgeting acumen but on how his own signature could change the face of the greenback. An example from a September 2011 White House memorandum is a series of eight loops with a tail at the end. It’s a stylish scribble — it starts off with large loops, narrows at the middle and then grows back to large circles at the end — but the name behind it is absolutely indecipherable.
Lew, currently White House chief of staff and twice the White House budget head, is a veteran Washington insider with the serious but low-key demeanor of a seasoned dealmaker, according to people who know him. But the Washington Post quoted handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight as saying that the Lew doodle “indicates that he just might be the cuddly sort.”


Historic day for Saudi women: #Have you chosen your car?

Granting women the right to drive is part of a wider blueprint for the future.
Updated 24 June 2018
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Historic day for Saudi women: #Have you chosen your car?

The Arabic hashtag for “Have you chosen your car?” was linguistically directed to females and was one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter in Saudi Arabia yesterday as locals anticipated this historic day, June 24, the first day when women could drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia.
@GhadeerDk said: “Mercedes S Class 2018 Or Genesis G90.”
@ba_11_ba posted a picture of a Lexus LX570 and tweeted: “My dream car.”
From the region, @medianeminence said: “Seeing Saudi girls contemplate which cars should they get is truly heartwarming.”
@i1i___G said: “Dodge charger 2014.”
Tweeting in Arabic, @Abdullah_Ali_f said: “Legal adviser: Photographing women while they are driving and using this material as a means of mockery, humor and taunting is a violation of the anti-cybercrime law. Whoever commits such acts is subject to no longer than 5 years in prison and a fine that does not exceed SR3 million, or one of the two punishments.”