Seven Uses For a Penny

Found this on front page of Comcast this morning while logging in.
I know what you're thinking, and No, not this Penny:














This one:













1. Curtain Straightener
Make an opening in the bottom hem, slide in a penny or two, and sew the hem back up to keep curtains hanging level and stick-straight.

2. Tread Checker
Insert a penny into a groove of a tire with Lincoln’s head pointing into the tire. If the groove covers part of his head, you’re safe to drive; if the head is in full view, it’s time for new wheels. (The distance between the rim of a penny and Lincoln’s head is 1/16 of an inch?the minimum suggested tread depth.)


3. Table Anchor
If you dine out and the table is unsteady, put a coin under the leg to restore balance.

4. Game Token
Misplaced the thimble? No problem. Sub in a cent.
5. Reader Tip: Makeshift ScrewdriverUse a penny to screw open a toy’s battery pack.

6. Reader Tip: Icebreaker

Hand out pennies at your next gathering and ask each guest to share a story that happened during the year his or her penny was minted. If the coin predates a friend, let the person improvise.

7. Reader Tip: Birdbath Cleaner

To ward off algae, toss in a few pre-1982 coins; the high copper content retards growth.









5 comments:

BeckEye September 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

You could also kill people by throwing pennies off the top of the Empire State Building.

Nah...I actually saw them do that on Mythbusters. The pennies hurt, but didn't kill.

The Bumbles September 27, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

Wow - photos of TWO shining pennies to greet me today :0)

My mom always did the curtain trick. And I've heard of the bird bath tip. I used to collect old pennies when I was a kid - I think I still have them somewhere. Mostly these days, I use my pennies to buy stuff - I don't like having too much change so I am always using my pennies. And Andy dumps his change into jars each night when he empties his pockets. You'd be amazed how those pennies add it when you roll them all.

KaLynn ("MiMi") September 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

Pretty cool!! Some of those I did not know! THanks for sharing!!

The Mrs. September 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

I like the year/party idea! Course I'd have to have a party to use it and well that aint happening.

If I put them in the shower curtain my money obsessed child would see them and rip open my curtain to get to it. Seriously the kid heard a dime fall at target and practically ran to get it.

Another fun use? Super glue them to the ground and watch your money obsessed 5 yr old try to rip them up.

Pat Tillett October 2, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

that's all amazing, but what about nickles?

 
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