The global credit crunch has delayed the shift from payments being made by mobiles instead of dollars or pounds, according to technology experts. Some believe it will be three to five years before money goes out of fashion and a truly cashless society emerges.
The U.S. economy ceased to function this week after unexpected existential remarks by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shocked Americans into realizing that money is, in fact, just a meaningless and intangible social construct.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged that his office has received cash from Iran, but insists it was part of a "transparent" process. Mr Karzai was responding to a report in the New York Times that Tehran had been passing bags stuffed full of cash to Mr Karzai's aides.
The soldier found the boxes beside a motorway exit near the Bavarian town of Bad Kissingen on Monday. The authorities had been searching urgently for the cases after they fell off a lorry transporting cash.