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Monday, May 24, 2010

Penny has many more uses than a cents worth

You may be suprised like I was to read all the great things that an ordinary copper abe lincoln headed penny can do:
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Table Anchor
    If you dine out and the table is unsteady, put a coin under the leg to restore balance.
  • Game Token
    Misplaced the thimble? No problem. Sub in a cent.
  • Reader Tip: Makeshift Screwdriver
    Use a penny to screw open a toy’s battery pack.
    Caroline Brant, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • 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.
  • Reader Tip: Birdbath Cleaner
    To ward off algae, toss in a few pre-1982 coins; the high copper content retards growth.

Source: Real Simple

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