The next time you're bored in a coffee shop, here's a little something to do. All you need is a coin, a straw, a cup, and a willingness to be made the object of many admiring looks — for you are the pennymaster.
There are plenty of ways that pennies made before 1982 are superior to ones made afterwards: The pennies themselves are worth more, as they're made with solid copper. When flicked or dropped, they have a pleasing ring to them, while modern pennies thud. Finally, early pennies can be used in a bunch of fun science…
Spritz luminol on your pennies and they’ll glow. Don’t worry! It's not blood — your penny's just been framed.
This morning, Gizmodo HQ ended up in a conversation over the utility of pennies. We all agree that they're pretty useless. For the most part, they just end up in pockets and drawers and jars. It costs more than a penny to produce a penny. And trying to pay for something in pennies will net you a ticket. Ugh.
I can't imagine ever using more than 25 pennies to pay for anything. All that copper and insignificant value, who really cares! Apparently, Jason West. He paid for a medical bill with 2,500 pennies. Too bad he got a ticket for that.
I just found out that it costs more than a penny to manufacture a penny. Specifically, it costs 1.62 cents to produce that 1 cent copper coin. And that's been the case for a while now! What the hell?
Netflix loves that so many of us have turned to the convenience of streaming. It costs Netflix 3 cents to stream a standard definition movie, and 5 cents for HD; that's why they'd rather stream than mail you a disc.
Yes, a business card that shoots a magazine of 10 pennies with rubber band power will get you noticed—but it probably won't be the kind of attention you hoped for.