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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 12:04 pm
the value of change ...

Last night I posted a pic of my change jar and asked for any guesses of the total cash value.

There were 15 guesses; the low guess was $20, and the high was $125. The average of the guesses was $52.59, with the median at $43.


Crappy iPhone resolution. The total was $144.91. The bank couldn't give me the receipt and the ink was too light for their copier to reproduce ... but there were (I think) 448 quarters, 198 dimes, and a hundred-odd each of nickels and pennies. And three $1 coins.

jandriel was the closest, so next time we hit up Mickey D's, the supersize is on me, buddy. :)

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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)

impressive. It just doesn't seem big enough to hold that much coin. Oh well. shows you my tendency to underestimate. :D


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kathyrhino
kathyrhino
kathyrhino
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

Cool! Did they give you the full amount or charge a percentage fee to deal with all the coins? I'm just curious because I need to do the same thing.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)

My experience with most banks is that if you have an account there, they'll do this for free. My mortgage is with Wells Fargo, so I hit their downtown branch.


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bernmarx
bernmarx
Paul
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)

It's been a while since I've tried it (as in, several decades), but each bank I've taken change to has insisted it be rolled or they wouldn't accept it. This was when I was a newspaper carrier, though, so they saw me once every few weeks. That may have been a factor. :)


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)

My change jar looks double the size of yours. I wonder how much I have in there?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)

I'll take a wild guess: about double the amount? :)


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)

The only problem is that you are assuming that the coins are exactly the same but double the quantity :)


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jef182
d
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)

yeah- bad guess. Double the size of the jar and it's more like tripling to quadrupling the volume.

Think of it like this...

a 1m by 1m by 1m cube holds 1 cubic m of whatever

a 2m by 2m by 2m cube holds 8 cubic m of whaever.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Indeed!

Thanks for the refresher. You're right, of course. I think I have a tendency to think of the "size" of containers in terms of their volumes, rather than their dimensions.


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jef182
d
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Indeed!

I made the mistake once of mentioning the Hummingbird -> Elephant example for surface dimmension -> volume ratio, and had to spend about 6 hours explaining it / proving it to some (namely the wife) with, let's say "alternative" physics backgrounds :)

Protip: Waffles with small squares cook crispier melt butter faster than those with large squares. You'll be at it well past lunch if you mention this within earshot of certain people at Tin Shed.


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40_ounce_bounce
40_ounce_bounce
Inigo Montoya
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)

I had a feeling I was under-estimating.

Coin jar story: I used to keep my coins in a 13-liter bottle originally intended for brewing beer. I would put my change tips in there every day. I needed some extra money one month, $400 to be exact, so I dipped into the change jar. I counted out $400 in quarters and dimes, put it in coffee cans, loaded the cans in my backpack, and started walking down the street to the bank.

I'm almost there when I see a kid on the sidewalk outside, asking everybody who passes if they can spare any change. "spare any change, spare any change," I hear him chanting almost without end. Finally, I'm about to pass him on the sidewalk, my backpack about to burst from the weight of all of the coins, when he looks up at me and asks "do you have a dollar?"


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)

Tony! I need closure on this anecdote!


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oddiophile
oddiophile
Anton Chigurh
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)

That is it! He did have change, so if the kid had asked him if he had change he would be lying to say no! As it was, the kid asked him if he had a dollar, implying a one dollar bill (to me anyway) and since he did not, he could pass by knowing he did not lie when telling the kid, "NO I DON'T HAVE A DOLLAR! WHY DON'T YOU GET A JOB, YOU PUNK!"
The end of his story was kind of an ellipsis though, wasn't it?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)

Ron saves the day. Now I understand. Thank you.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)

And yes ...


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40_ounce_bounce
Inigo Montoya
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)

I tried not to laugh as I told him the truth. "No, I don't have a dollar" (bill that is.) Then I walked into the bank.

That's pretty much it. Oh yeah, and there was a robbery in process. I was held hostage, but released in exchange for the police meeting the robber's demand of a monster truck and an autographed picture of Cher. The important part is, I had no dollars, only cents.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)

D'oh! Damn you're sneaky. I'll drop a check in the mail.


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bellybalt
bellybalt
Belly
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)

Looks like it was mostly quarters. My coin jars end up being mostly pennies, I guess that's why I low-balled it. :)


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)

I need a change jar like that! :)


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jandriel
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)

Yee-haw!

My guess was related to $100 in quarters for laundry our parents gave my brother and I several years ago. Those quarters lasted a LONG time!


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