Statistics Saturday: What We Found In The New 2015 Penny


'You won't believe what we found inside the new 2015 penny', it claims. This picture is from 2015.
Clickbait artists are poor judges of what I find believable. Warning: do not click!

I admit the clickbait ad above made me curious. So I checked. Here’s what was inside the new 2015 penny:

2004 Penny Struggling To Escape Capture; Merengue; Trilithium Resin; Poise, Gallantry; Wood Pulp. Also some fan fiction and some chocolate 2-Euro coin wedges. And a kind heart.
Oh, yeah, and there’s something about zinc.
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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

9 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: What We Found In The New 2015 Penny”

  1. Nobody ever mentions the Mohorovicic discontinuity any more these days. I don’t know whether it’s just because it’s been forgotten or because nobody outside the oil industry digs deep enough holes.

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    1. I suppose there just isn’t quite enough digging ridiculously deep into the Earth to make people aware there even is a Mohorovicic discontinuity. I guess there is the problem that digging deep is … well, the boring stuff of going to space — all sorts of things that look like homogenous dark unless you’re an expert in the field — without the fun of people floating around and drinking spheres of water from midair.

      I’m surprised that at least Wikipedia doesn’t list a book on the Mohole more recent than when the project was cancelled. I’d have thought at least somebody would have some snappy eighty thousand words on the project.

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  2. Did you notice that’s not even a 2015 penny pictured? The current penny design doesn’t have the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse.

    (I was involved in a back-and-forth over a different version of this ad — with an even more clickbait-ish headline — at my job. I was on the “winning” side, that it was misleading and we weren’t going to allow it.)

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