Thing #96: A Thing, A Milestone, and a Guessing Game July 18, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in 101 Things, Giveaway.
This giveaway had ended – thank you to all who participated!
Wow, that’s a lot of stuff going on here, isn’t it?
I haven’t forgotten my 101 Things List, though, obviously, I’ve been slacking in that area. A lot.
But first – a milestone.
This is our 1,000th post.
That would be ONE THOUSAND. Can you believe it?
So here’s what we’re going to do.
I’ve spent the past year and a half, maybe 2 years, collecting pennies.
A LOT of pennies.
We’ve been dumping them into an old Jack Daniels bottle – a 1.75 ML bottle.
I’m not sure how much that is in real measurements – slightly less than half a gallon, I think. Regardless, it’s a lot of pennies, and it’s taken a while to accumulate them.
By the way, you know the phrase “bottle neck” right? Yeah, dumping pennies out of a booze bottle make that term abundantly clear.
We dumped the 1.75 litre bottle of pennies into a 5-quart pail and filled it . . . about halfway, give or take.
I put it on the scale, but it was over the 9-pound, 15-ounce limit of our kitchen scale, and I didn’t feel like hauling it upstairs to weigh it on our people scale.
We took the bucket o’ pennies to the nearest Coinstar machine – where we signed up to get an AMAZON.COM gift certificate.
(As an aside: Coinstar doesn’t charge a service charge if you select gift certificates, and honestly, Amazon is like Alice’s Restaurant – you can get anything you want. Good as cash.)
So here’s what we’re going to do (again).
I’m going to GIVE AWAY (the equivalent of) one thousand pennies in an Amazon give certificate (that’s actually $10.00).
And all you’ve got to do is guess how many pennies were in the original, 1.75 litre bottle.
Or how many dollars’ worth of pennies were in there. Either way.
I’ll tell you this – there were several “reject” pennies – a lot of Canadian pennies, and pennies that had been too abused to go through the machine.
But, to make up for it, there were also, somehow, three dimes mixed in. I have no idea how they got in there, but I have my suspicions.
And here’s another hint – it’s nowhere near enough to pay off the mortgage.
So there it is – give me your best guess – tell me how many pennies (or, convert your pennies to dollars) we cashed in from our 1.75 litre bottle of pennies. we’ll determine whomever comes closest at the end of the day Sunday (call it 4:00 eastern) – the winner of a $10 Amazon gift certificate will be announced on Monday.
So. . . leave a comment and tell me how many pennies you think we were able to collect – and you could end up with 1,000 free Amazon pennies!