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Penny for your thought Answered

For the past several weeks, I have been debating what to do about this penny. It has become a point of hallway conversations and old adages. Find a penny and you will have luck all day. I'm not so sure about that? What are your thoughts about this penny...

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pixbytrix

10 years ago

So how is that penney doing? Is it still there?

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ATpixbytrix

Reply 10 years ago

I hadn't thought about that in a while. I don't think it is there any more but I will check after the holidays when I am back in the office.

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SacTownSue

11 years ago

You know that penny in your pocket? Where was it before it was given to you?
I know very littly about urinals but I know money can get very dirty.
Ever seen Magic Christian?

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GoodhartSacTownSue

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, in reality, urine itself doesn't carry pathogens from the body most of the time, like solid waste does...

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ATSacTownSue

Reply 11 years ago

It isn't the issue of the penny being dirty as much as it is putting my hand down a urinal for a penny. I really don't have an issue getting the penny; but I have realized that it is not worth reaching in there for it. I am getting much more entertainment from talking about this penny. :-)

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Kiteman

11 years ago

It was probably thrown in there specifically to cause somebody exactly this sort of dilemma.

You don't want to get your hands in there? Well, UK pennies are magnetic, so all you have to do is go prepared ...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Who needs a magnet? A pair of needle-nosed pliers, or a stick with some gooey gum stuck to the end should do the trick.....now where is that disinfectant....LOL

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pixbytrix

11 years ago

If the penny wasn't there, what would you have to wonder about? Might as well leave it there. Makes a great conversation piece. Makes me wonder if the urinals get washed. If so, even the cleaning people don't want the penny! Turn it into an experiment. See how long it takes to get discolored. Compare it with the rate of discoloration in a wishing well or something. Does urine change the reaction rate?

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ATpixbytrix

Reply 11 years ago

When it was first in there it was darker than it is now. I have a picture hanging in my cube with the title "Penny for your Thought"

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pixbytrixAT

Reply 11 years ago

Hmmm. One wonders then what has been cleaning the penny.

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ATpixbytrix

Reply 11 years ago

Seems to me that back in the day, people would sell their urine as a cleaner.

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pixbytrixAT

Reply 11 years ago

I can now confirm this! I went to the Pompeii exhibit at the MN Science Museum and yes they did use urine to clean their clothes and make them white! They used urine because it breaks down into ammonia. They had "piss pots" lined along the road for people to make their "contributions".

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Goodhartpixbytrix

Reply 10 years ago

Have we thought about the possibility of the added chlorine to the water supply helping clean the penny ? It has been a long time since I dealt with this but my first thought would be it would convert to cupric chloride (and therefore become green) if this were the case, but then again, if it washed away, the penny might just become shinier this way. *shrug*

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ATpixbytrix

Reply 11 years ago

Thank you for the clarification on this. I think it may have more to do with the cleaning crews chemicals but I am not going to set up an experiment to make that determination. But if someone needs an idea for an instructable, there is alway "Cleaning your pennies with pee"

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NachoMahmapixbytrix

Reply 11 years ago

. If ppl at that urinal flush, then there shouldn't be much ammonia buildup. Or so I will guess - if the penny is sitting there 24/7, it might only take very small amounts of ammonia to have an effect over time. . I'll also guess that the cleaner the cleaning crew uses eats the corrosion off the penny to make it shinier over time.

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tomonto

11 years ago

a mental picture

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tomonto

11 years ago

i found a shoe in a urinal once. and yes i peed on it

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ATtomonto

Reply 11 years ago

Ahh! But do you have a picture of it?

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AT

11 years ago

Just an update for everyone. It is August 22, 2007 and the penny is still there. I have enjoyed the conversations about the penny. If I had known this was going to such an interesting point of discussion, I would have put a penny in there years ago!

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westfw

11 years ago

You know, first there was sex. And then there was putting the three kids through several years each worth of diapers. And in between there were the three childbirths. Extracting that penny wouldn't cause me a second thought. (On the other hand, some time in there the value of a penny went down quite a bit.) :-)

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Brennn10

11 years ago

I say you should glue it in so it will never be able to be taken out. BTW; for the men, wouldn't it be great to have a urinal in your house? So Convenient!

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ATBrennn10

Reply 11 years ago

Don't seem to need glue. It has been there for a month or so and doesn't seem to move much. I don't think the cleaning crew's brush goes down there. When I was adding a new bathroom on the my old house, I looked into urinals. I did think it would be great to have one in the house. I was told that I would have to clean it and I did not have a problem with that. That had been part of my job back in the day and it was never an issue.

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TheCheese9921

11 years ago

DUUUUUUUUDDDE it would kill to piss that out... lolol Speaking of Urinals anyone ever had a phantom pooper Its where someone turds in the urinal they had to close all the bathrooms in the high school a few years ago cause of someone. I don't even know how they do it

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its a lionTheCheese9921

Reply 11 years ago

someone at our high school beat it. they took a crap in the water fountain. got a step ladder out of the janitors closet and went at it.

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lemonie

11 years ago

A friend of mine found some coins inserted into a turd in a train toilet. As a child he recovered and washed them and was quite pleased. Would be the equivalent of a Dollar 20 years ago. L

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jessyratfink

11 years ago

Ha, what a random place for a penny. Maybe you should make a sign for the urinal. Either "URINAL OF DOOM" or "URINAL OF LUCK" depending on whether heads or tails is facing up. I can't tell!

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ATjessyratfink

Reply 11 years ago

What is the rule on that? If you find a penny, is it face up or face down that brings you luck? I wend in and took a close look and it is face down.

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jessyratfinkAT

Reply 11 years ago

Urinal of Doom it is, then!

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ATjessyratfink

Reply 11 years ago

I'll start working on the sign...

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royalestel

11 years ago

I'd say that's a bad luck penny. But just dig it out and wash your hands thoroughly and you'd have one more penny than you now have.

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jtobako

11 years ago

Throw a nickel on top of it and see if anyone goes fishing : ) Leave it for a week-then add a dime...

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ATjtobako

Reply 11 years ago

If it had been a nickel or a dime to begin with, I would have go after it!

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ongissim

11 years ago

Make it a pet, as you would a rock!

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ATongissim

Reply 11 years ago

Maybe more like a fish. I don't want to pet this pet. But I will clean its tank a couple times a day.