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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

“Find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” Except when you find one jammed in your washing machine. That’s not good luck.

I found that 2019 penny — or what was left of it — lodged in a crevice of our washing machine tub. With needle-nosed pliers, I carefully pulled it out, reminiscent of the game “Operation,” although a buzzer didn’t go off and I didn’t get shocked. That may have been good luck. I was glad to have the washing machine working properly again, but what I was even more intrigued with was what was left of the penny I found.

Like many of you, I knew pennies were no longer made of 100% copper, but I didn't know how or when that happened. The spin cycle on the washer wore the finish off Honest Abe’s face on the jammed penny, and the evidence then peered through.

All copper? Hardly.

Once the thin copper shell wore off, a zinc disc appeared. This composition apparently became the standard in 1983, but there were other times in our nation’s history when pennies were produced of materials other than copper, too. For example, steel cents were used during World War II. And 1982 was a bit of a mixed bag, as those pennies may be of either a 95% copper alloy or zinc with copper plating.

Of course, you are wondering if an all-copper penny is worth more than one cent. The pricing varies, but the current melt value of a copper penny is about two cents.

The weight of pennies has changed through the years, too. From 1793-1795, the penny weighed 13.48 grams. Today it weighs 2.5 grams, less than one-fifth of its original. Penny wise and pound foolish, you might say.

All of this information isn’t worth two cents to most of you, but keep one thing in mind: A penny saved may not be a penny earned.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Bicycle Shop

1. Bike World

2. Kyle’s Bikes

3. Ichi Bike


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Great weather continues today and tomorrow with highs near 80 expected both days. Our next rain chance comes Thursday evening into a breezy and cooler Friday morning. The weekend looks fantastic, as does the beginning of next week!

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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Chipotle, the original make-your-own burrito chain with ties to Iowa farmers, plans a new location on East Hickman Road in Waukee. It would be the fifth Chipotle in the metro.

The Iowa Restaurant Association's Food & Beverage Iowa Business Journal reports that 40% of Iowa restaurants have seen increased sales of off-premises sales. The National Restaurant Association reported that 79% of customers have a favorable reaction to variable pricing — price changes according to supply and demand on a given day. Ah, technology.

Wednesday brings $10.50 hot beef sandwiches for lunch at Angry Goldfish (2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines).


FROM KCCI: Des Moines school officials announce new superintendent

DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials with Iowa's largest school district said Tuesday that they've found their next superintendent. The Des Moines School Board announced the hiring of Dr. Ian Roberts and approved his contract during a regular meeting Tuesday night. Roberts is currently the superintendent of Millcreek Township School District, which has about 6,400 students across 10 buildings in northwest Pennsylvania.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Muddy mess remains after Trump’s postponed Des Moines event, Park leader expects no issues getting reimbursed

DES MOINES, Iowa — A political event got postponed. But it still might be something that Iowans remember for a while. First, there’s the mess. Crews spent Monday tearing down equipment and assessing damage at Des Moines’ Water Works Park. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Mosquito mitigation from the sky is Polk County's objective

Starting next week, parts of Des Moines, West Des Moines and unincorporated Polk County will see mosquito larvicide applied to targeted areas......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 17 in history ...

1954. Brown vs. Board of Education. May 17, 1954: In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.

1965: Pornographic lyrics? Based on outcry from parents who bought into what may have started as an idle rumor, the FBI launched a formal investigation in 1964 into the supposedly pornographic lyrics of the song “Louie, Louie.” That investigation finally neared its conclusion on May 17, 1965, when the FBI Laboratory declared the lyrics of “Louie Louie” to be officially unintelligible.

1973: Watergate. In Washington, D.C., the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, begins televised hearings on the escalating Watergate scandal. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor.

Read more at History.com.


Paint, paint and more paint

Tripp admits owning an old house isn’t easy.

By Colson Thayer

“I bought a house that needed some work,” says Kelly Tripp.

And she wasn’t afraid to dedicate her time and effort to the project.

“I would not do well in a brand-new house that didn't need anything,” she says, adding she likes to keep busy.

In fact, her pandemic impulse buy turned out to be a long-term project she enjoys. Since purchasing the home, she has painted every single room — sometimes more than once.

“I see a color that I like, and I just want to redo a room because I get bored,” she says.

... Read more in the April issue of Waukee Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jim Nantz, Simon Fuller, Craig Ferguson, Page McConnell, David Eigenberg, Trent Reznor, Hill Harper, Jordan Knight, Josh Homme, Ginger Gonzaga, Tahj Mowry

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why do hummingbirds hum? BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THE WORDS! - Mike Chiston, Josie Siefken, William Snyder, Dianne Berry, Rex Post, Judy Anderson, Lori Bluml, Don DeWaay, Peri Van Tassel, Patty Miller, Gail Tomlinson. Or "Because the songbirds say they can't carry a tune!" - Carolyn Rogers. Thanks for the riddle Cyote Williams.

Today's Riddle

What do you call a horse that can’t lose a race?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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