A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 17, 2012
“The U.S. dollar is the leper with the most fingers”

In the film The Two Jakes (1990), actor Jack Nicholson spoke this memorable line:

“What I do for a living may not be very reputable. But I am. In this town I’m the leper with the most fingers.”

“The leper with the most fingers” means the best of a bad lot. In an interview on January 1, 2009, financial broadcaster Max Keiser said that the United States dollar was like “the leper with the most fingers”—the least bad of the world’s currencies.

“The U.S. dollar is the best-looking horse in the glue factory” and “The U.S. dollar is the cleanest dirty shirt” are similar expressions.


The Internet Movie Database
Memorable quotes for
The Two Jakes (1990)

Jake Gittes: What I do for a living may not be very reputable. But I am. In this town I’m the leper with the most fingers.

Wikipedia: Max Keiser
Timothy Maxwell “Max” Keiser (born January 23, 1960) is an American broadcaster and film-maker.

He hosts Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on RT (formerly Russia Today). Keiser also anchors On the Edge, a program of news and analysis hosted by Iran’s Press TV.

MarketTicker Forums
Bubbazanetti
2009-01-01 23:51:34
Japanese Economy is Collapsing Max Keiser in forum [General]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5mpiaQpl....
Quote of the day:
“The Us dollar is the leaper with the most fingers.”, Max Keiser

Ron Paul Forums
emazur
01-04-2009 07:14 PM
Max Keiser: $ is the “Leper with the most fingers”
He made the comment when discussing Japan’s economy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5mpi...eature=related
I’m not sure when that was recorded but I like the comment.

Democratic Underground
dixiegrrrrl
Fri Apr-03-09 01:02 PM
“The US dollar is the leper currency with the most fingers”
Oh god...he has a way with a phrase.
(Max Keiser—ed.)

StocksThatPay
Peterschiff Vlog 3/2/2010
Fri, May 28, 2010
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COMMENTS
Nmhumbug Says:
May 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Max Keiser compared the US dollar to “the leper with the most fingers”..LOL..good analogy.

Gold Buying Blog
Buy Silver & Gold! (and CRASH JP MORGAN!) Max Keiser & Mike Maloney In Paris (1/3)
November 18, 2010 by admin
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COMMENTS
CommentaryUSA says:
November 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm
The US Dollar is …
The US Dollar is the leper with the most fingers!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Posted by Barry Popik
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