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Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Penny for your Thoughts ...

A 56oz. glass container was sterilized. The container was then filled with the toxic water being pumped into the waterway beneath the first empty north lot on Twin Oak.

We then placed the following penny (a "before" picture) ...


... in the container.

One hour later ... this is what the penny looks like.

(Note: Per the U.S. Treasury, the penny is copper-plated zinc: 2.5% copper, 97.5% zinc.)

Results from a similar experiment were forwarded to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Their reply? They don't see a problem with the contamination or it's effects as evidenced above. We are not surprised by their answer.

A question: if this is what happens to zinc/copper when exposed for one hour to the toxic water being pumped into our waterways, what do we think is going to happen to marine organisms when exposed to the toxic water 24 hours a day, day after day?

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the control: another shiny penny was placed in waterway water obtained from a non-contaminated site. after 2 hours, no difference in the penny was noted.

1 Comments:

  • just in case someone is wondering ...

    from: http://www.ustreas.gov/education/faq/coins/portraits.shtml#q13

    Is it illegal to damage or deface coins?

    Answer: Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.” This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent.

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    since there is no fraudulent intent and since the penny is still usable, no issue.

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Saturday, August 25, 2007 5:35:00 PM  

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