My time as a writer lead to me writing some quirky, fun articles. This lead to me knowing fun facts and tidbits about things I normally wouldn’t know anything about. Here is one such article for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
There has long been talk about removing the penny from circulation, as its worth continues to drop and it seems it is more likely to be found on the sidewalk or tucked into your couch cushion, than in your wallet. However, pennies can come in handy for a variety of uses and they also have an interesting part in American history.
Here are 20 fun things you can do with pennies, each accompanied by a fun fact to help you learn more about the one cent coin:
- Put on the end of a kite tail for more stability.
Fun Fact: “Penny” is slang. Real name “Cent”.
- Place one over each doorway in a new house for good luck.
Fun Fact: The Brazilian penny stopped being manufactured in 2005. Learn more here.
- Play Penny Poker. Even if you lose, you won’t have lost much!
Fun Fact: You can actually see the Lincoln statue inside the Lincoln memorial on the back.
- Throw them into wishing wells.
Fun Fact: As of 2015, it costs 1.67 cents to make 1 penny.
- Make a bowl out of pennies.
Fun Fact: The average penny lasts 25 years.
- Check Car Tires: Place a penny in the groove of the tire tread. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head or the phrase “In God We Trust”, it is time to replace your tires.
Fun Fact: There have been eleven different designs on the American penny.
- Put in flower pots to increase soil pH for hydrangeas.
Fun Fact: The U.S. Mint produces more than 13 billion pennies per year.
- Create a Button: Using a Doming block, concave the penny and drill two holes for the thread.
Fun Fact: The US penny used to be nearly the size of a modern-day half dollar.
- Place around garden seedlings to repel slugs.
Fun Fact: Pennies have been made by the US Mint since 1793, but it was originally designed by Benjamin Franklin in 1787.
- Cover your floor with penny tiling for a fun, modern look.
Fun Fact: The Lincoln penny came out in 1909 in honor of Lincoln’s 100 year anniversary of his birth, commissioned by Teddy Roosevelt
- Make a Necklace: Drill a hole in and paint a decal on the penny.
Fun Fact: During World War II, the U.S. Mint cast the penny in zinc-coated steel. These were known as “steelies” and closely resembled a dime, causing confusion.
- Glue to the bottom of old shoes for kids to use as tap shoes.
Fun Fact: The penny is the most popular coin – roughly half of all coins minted per year.
- Create a ‘penny wall’ rather than painting or using wallpaper.
Fun Fact: The current penny is made up of two metals: copper and zinc.
- Charm Bracelet: Collect pressed pennies from various travels and compile them into a charm bracelet.
Fun Fact: On each penny you can see which mint it was made in: D for Denver, P for Philadelphia, and S for San Francisco.
- Upgrade a Desk or Table Top: Place pennies under glass so you maintain a smooth surface.
Fun Fact: The name “penny” comes from the British singular form of “pence”.
- Make a Penny Ring: Decorate with rhinestones lining the penny and attach to a ring base.
Fun Fact: In 1786, there was a coin called the “mill” that was 1/1,000th of a dollar, or 1/10th of a penny.
- Create a penny tray by lining the bottom of a current TV tray.
Fun Fact: Throughout U.S. History, pennies have been made from carbon steel, zinc, copper, tin, and aluminum.
- Glam up Single Letters: Paint 3D letters copper and glue pennies to surface.
Fun Fact: The first image on the penny was of a woman with flowing hair, representing liberty. It was called a “Silly Head”.
- Backsplash in Kitchen: Use pennies instead of tile.
Fun Fact: Paul Revere was a silversmith and his company once supplied the Mint with rolled copper for the production of cents.
- Napkin Ring: Cut a paper towel roll into rings and glue pennies to the outside for a unique napkin ring.
Fun Fact: President Lincoln was the first president to be featured on a regular-issue American coin.
You now have the information you need to put all those pennies to good use, as well as wow your friends with your knowledge of the American cent.