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Ideas from India to use and abuse redundant cash

"Nov 2000 to Nov 2016: Indian currency" Image copyright Twitter
Image caption RIP.

India has just withdrawn all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes as part of efforts to crack down on illegal money - and with a few exceptions they are no longer legal tender. The official advice is to exchange them at a bank, but if you are not inclined to be a responsible citizen, here are a few ideas people on social media have had.

1. Toilet paper

Why use regular old toilet paper rolls when you can use actual money?

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Image caption Disclaimer: Parts of your body may or may not end up smelling like old musky notes

You can use them on any part of your body, at your own risk.

2. Snack paper

Move over plastic, there's a recyclable alternative in town.

From peanuts to samosas, there's no limit to what these can hold.

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Image caption "This is the future of Rs 500 and 1000 notes", said one user on Twitter who recirculated this widely shared picture

And when you're done, you can even use it to wipe that grease off your mouth before throwing it away.

3. Monopoly money

Playing with fake Monopoly money is for kids, so up the stakes by using actual real life cash.

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Image caption Collect Rs 500 when you pass GO

And admit it, you've always dreamed of this day.

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Image caption Wasn't it everyone's?

4. Animal fodder

Finally, if none of these seem viable to you, don't throw your money away yet.

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Image caption #WhatIAteToday: One Twitter user posted this widely shared picture

Nutritional value: Priceless.

Obviously, the real advice for people who hold the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes is to exchange them at banks between 10 November and 30 December. Until Friday 11 November hospitals will still accept the old notes, as will airports and railways stations - but only for the sale of tickets.

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