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'Simpsons' fan fights to change Australian currency to dollarydoo

The dollarydoo was made popular in the "Bart vs. Australia" episode of "The Simpsons," and now one guy has started a petition to make it Australian's official currency.

One "Simpsons" fan wants Australia's currency to get a new name. Wojtek Kalinowski Photography/Corbis

Australia's currency might soon be changing faster than you can say, "Oh my God! There's nothing wrong with the bidet, is there?"

That line was uttered by an Aussie dad on the "Bart vs. Australia" episode of "The Simpsons" in 1995, after the father learned his son had accepted a collect call from Bart Simpson posing as the fictional International Drainage Commission. The call cost the family 900 dollarydoos.

The dollarydoo is fictional, of course -- like the US, Australia calls its paper bill the dollar -- but one "Simpsons" fan is hoping to make the dollarydoo the official currency of the Land Down Under while boosting the country's economy in the process.

Thomas Probst launched a petition on Change.org on Wednesday urging Australian politicians to officially change the currency to the dollarydoo. So far, the petition has amassed over 15,500 signatures.

"Due to global commodity prices plummeting, the Australian economy is struggling," the petition reads. "That's why we need something to stimulate the Australian economy and that something is changing the name of the Australian currency to dollarydoos. This will make millions of people around the world want to get their hands on some Australian currency due to the real-life 'Simpsons' reference, driving up the value of the Australian currency."

If lawmakers make the change official (about as likely as Homer Simpson turning down a doughnut), Probst argues that worldwide interest in the novelty of the money would drive up its value. Even if that didn't happen, at least Australians would have an awesome-sounding currency.

(Via Time)