Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Slightly Retarded

Upon leaving the Bethesda area last Saturday/Sunday (read: 12:30am), our driver felt it incumbent upon him to purchase some liquid caffeine before starting the journey back to campus. He did so. Among his change was a 1941 wheat penny. I am something of a coin collector, so he naturally brought it back to me in a tizzy, eager to share the treasure.

It was late. I was tired. So was everyone else in the car. I am sadistic. (Everyone else in the car wasn't, but that's beside the point.)

I took the penny, looked at it for a moment, and then suddenly exclaimed, "Oh, my gosh! Joseph, do you realize what this is? There are only a few like it in the entire world...this is a defective penny. Lincoln's head is actually printed on the back of the coin, instead of the front. They've reversed the sides!"

Sure enough, his eyes grew wide and he eagerly leaned forward to get a better look at the rare fine. It was beautiful.


  1. That's hardly sporting, Jen. Picking on someone like Joe is like booing at the Special Olympics.

  2. Cool! Don't you love it when things like that happen. :-)

  3. Haha, jeesh. I feel compelled to try that now.

  4. Oh, wow. That was really mean, Mark. Ouch.

  5. Funny. I ought to try that some poor little freshman (or maybe a poor little sophomore)..