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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7605 on: May 10, 2013, 01:16:50 PM »
There is also a new set of presidential $1 coins. I've only ever seen George Washington "out in the wild" and only once. I think people keep them when they get them...
That's actually by design! They want people to keep coins out of circulation, as it increases demand for coins to be minted, which makes them money (well, the Treasury makes money).

http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/funFacts.cfm?funFactID=4

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« Reply #7606 on: May 10, 2013, 03:09:58 PM »
When you keep a coin out of circulation because you like how it looks, you are essentially loaning the government money interest-free.

That's what commemorative coins are for.

As for whether the $1US coins are used in laundries and vending machines:

I'd say no. I've seen a few vending machines that will take the $1 coin, but in my *own* experience I would say that's very, very rare. I would by highly surprised if "most" machines take them, even in other areas.

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« Reply #7607 on: May 10, 2013, 05:25:11 PM »
There is also a new set of presidential $1 coins. I've only ever seen George Washington "out in the wild" and only once. I think people keep them when they get them...

Our tooth fairy brings these. Our 6 year old has a nice stash of "Fairy Money" :)

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« Reply #7608 on: May 10, 2013, 06:04:14 PM »
This reminds me of when the euro came out, since every country in the euro zone had it's set of coins (well, on one side), so that's 8 coins for 13 countries that people started collecting.
After a few years people stopped keeping them and there's a bit more mixing,
yet there's a few I think I've never seen, and being in a capital I'm probably in a good position to see a mix of them.
For 13 coins (in my purse) I have 2 'foreign' ones, Germany and Portugal; which are the most prevalent ones with Spain, Belgium and Ireland.
The hardest to have are the really small ones, 1,2,5 and 10c.

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« Reply #7609 on: May 11, 2013, 05:26:57 PM »
Very rarely have I seen a Susan B. Anthony coin. I didn't even know they were still being made.

And no. I haven't seen a new gold coins either.

I must live in some sort of cave! :P

(I'm in the Chicago area.)

The golden Sacagawea's have been in circulation since 2000, so they aren't really "new" anymore, just new in comparison to Susan B Anthonys.

In NYC they are very popular change from high cost vending machines, like for example if you buy a railroad ticket from a machine, often $4.50 to $19 and pay with a $20 bill, your change will be in coins, and well, quarters would be obnoxious so dollar coins it is. As a result the coins are in highest circulation in the area around the train stations, but certainly they aren't rare throughout the city.

You should be able to get them from any bank, I suggest you get a few for fun. They are super fun to give to kids.

Oh, yeah! The Sacagawea's! I know those coins. In fact I have two rolls of them, given to me by my LateFIL when the first came out, to pass on to my DDs when they get older. Maybe they'll be worth something? ::)

I've never received one as change for something.

Then again, I've realized, that I very rarely use cash . . . probably why I don't see dollar coins in circulation. So ignore my reply. :P




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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7610 on: May 11, 2013, 07:12:30 PM »


New question:

How did "Hank" become a nick-name for "Henry?"

I don't know but I've had the same question about "harry" for years. Also "Jack" for John. It's not even shorter!
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« Reply #7611 on: May 11, 2013, 08:43:09 PM »
I've got kind of a dumb question, again - what is the plural of faux pas? I've just realized that I've no idea.

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« Reply #7612 on: May 11, 2013, 08:53:07 PM »


New question:

How did "Hank" become a nick-name for "Henry?"

I don't know but I've had the same question about "harry" for years. Also "Jack" for John. It's not even shorter!

It's not about length. It's about the period in English history when only biblical names were allowed. I think I've read somewhere that 10% of Englishmen were named Tom at one point. Presumably John was similar. Combine that with the custom of naming boys after their male relatives and you had a lot of men in the one family with the same name, so they needed variations to distinguish them. Why those in particular, I'm not sure.

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« Reply #7613 on: May 11, 2013, 09:18:47 PM »
I've got kind of a dumb question, again - what is the plural of faux pas? I've just realized that I've no idea.

As an irregular, it stays the same plural or singular...like fish in English.
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« Reply #7614 on: May 11, 2013, 09:23:10 PM »
I've got kind of a dumb question, again - what is the plural of faux pas? I've just realized that I've no idea.

As an irregular, it stays the same plural or singular...like fish in English.

...except when discussing loaves and fishes.  :D
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« Reply #7615 on: May 11, 2013, 09:26:31 PM »
I've got kind of a dumb question, again - what is the plural of faux pas? I've just realized that I've no idea.

As an irregular, it stays the same plural or singular...like fish in English.

...except when discussing loaves and fishes.  :D

Or Three Dog Night...;)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7616 on: May 12, 2013, 10:05:05 PM »
Recently, I received not one, but two incorrect orders from Amazon.  I never did receive the product I actually ordered, but my money for first mistake and the replacement product, that was also wrong, was promptly credited back to me.  I gave a neutral (3) to the seller as feedback with a very detailed response as to why I scored the seller the way I did. Also, Amazon pulled/froze the page when I complained the second time because I felt like it was a sort of bait and switch going on there.  The product I received was similar, made by the same company, but not something that was interchangeable and was much less expensive.

I received an email from the seller with an apology and a request to remove my feedback.  The seller stated that though they put the listing on any other seller could edit the picture or description of the contents.  This sounds fishy to me.  Can that actually happen?  Or is this yahoo just spinning a tale so I'll remove my feedback (I'm not going to as everything I put in it was accurate).

FTR, I ended up ordering product from a completely different on line site.  It cost me a bit more, but they did send me the correct item in record time.
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« Reply #7617 on: May 13, 2013, 12:19:49 PM »
Use the Amazon A-Z guarantee. Years ago, I ordered the (at the time) complete James Bond movie collection on DVD. What was described and pictured was a fold out hard shell case with individual disc holders. What I received was a cardboard box with a flimsy film cd holder with the discs and all of the menu information is in Chinese. I immediately reported the seller and the item, and was given a full refund without returning the items.

I recently had a similar situation with a seller on eBay. I ordered a Vera Bradley bag from one seller, with no issues. When I ordered the wallet, the shipping times looked off, but it was too late, the order was already paid for. The seller claimed to be from the US, but the city was China. Turned out the seller was in China. I contacted ebay customer service with no reply and left negative feedback.

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« Reply #7618 on: May 13, 2013, 02:36:24 PM »
My oven died recently, and we got the new one in today.  While browsing through the manual, I discovered it has a "Sabbath mode" so you can set it to automatically turn on and off and whatnot at specific times, so you don't have to push buttons on the Sabbath.

I am only passingly familiar with the Jewish restriction on doing work on the Sabbath, and I recognize that this degree of restriction is something only some Jewish people do - but how is it "work" to turn on your oven but not to put the food in it to bake?  Is there a master list somewhere of what things are "work" and what aren't?  Does the list change as new technology gets invented?  (And do touch screens count as buttons?)

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« Reply #7619 on: May 13, 2013, 02:39:39 PM »
My oven died recently, and we got the new one in today.  While browsing through the manual, I discovered it has a "Sabbath mode" so you can set it to automatically turn on and off and whatnot at specific times, so you don't have to push buttons on the Sabbath.

I am only passingly familiar with the Jewish restriction on doing work on the Sabbath, and I recognize that this degree of restriction is something only some Jewish people do - but how is it "work" to turn on your oven but not to put the food in it to bake?  Is there a master list somewhere of what things are "work" and what aren't?  Does the list change as new technology gets invented?  (And do touch screens count as buttons?)

That's weird.  My oven has a sabbath mode, but all it's good for is roasting war pigs.
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