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Quote from: halfie on June 30, 2006, 09:52:55 AMQuote from: Brave on June 30, 2006, 09:50:44 AMIt's a rather interesting distinction you chose to make between truncating and rounding up. I'd be curious to hear what people have to say about that more.what is truncating?it's what Lorena Bobbit (sp?) did to her husband Say the number is 31.53914375Truncate at the hundredths and you have 31.53Round up at the hundredths and you have 31.54So for money, gas prices would fall to from 2.89 to 2.80 w/ truncating whereas it'd be 2.90 with rounding up
Quote from: Brave on June 30, 2006, 09:50:44 AMIt's a rather interesting distinction you chose to make between truncating and rounding up. I'd be curious to hear what people have to say about that more.what is truncating?
It's a rather interesting distinction you chose to make between truncating and rounding up. I'd be curious to hear what people have to say about that more.
This rant sums up my feelings nicely:"Are we done with the f-ing pennies yet?Because it is time. The American public hasnt been using them for about a decade. They have become so worthless, that people give them to each other as a matter of routine. Get your change, pick out the pennies, and leave them there for the next guy. Need a penny or two? Well, there should be a few there for you, because the last guy sure as @#!* didnt want his. Thats the game.I hate when stores dont want to play by the game. If a store doesnt have a little tray, I am immediately annoyed. The hell if Im fishing another dollar out of my pants because it came to $5.02. When that cash register rings up $5.02 and you look at me, were fixing to have a long staredown. Ill return an item before I break another dollar and let you give me three more of the f-ing things in return. And that item probably had a profit margin of at least $.03 to you, so whos the loser now? Get it? As long as theyre still around, you better play by the game.When there is no tray, my normal routine has become to fish through my change and immediately pick them out and deposit them into the trash. Not only are they worthless, but they are disgusting, and Im not carrying them around. Most have been in circulation for 20 years, and as the stepchild of your change purse, they have been given no love. They live in ashtrays, parking lots, and huge jars owned by 72 year old men who remember when they were worth something. Old copper is gross enough to start with. Add to the fact that they are covered in gum and sh*t and filth, and you need to wash your hands every time one touches you.Think about this: a stamp costs $0.37. 37 pennies weigh 6 ounces. It takes about two stamps to mail 6 ounces of stuff. Therefore, if I wanted to mail someone 37 cents in pennies, it would cost me 74 cents. By my definition, its pretty clear cut. When a monetary unit cant afford to mail itself, its worthless. Dont get all cocky either, nickels
.you arent far behind. (I dont really know how much 37 pennies weigh, that was just a guess. I have a scale in my office, and would find out, but I cant. I threw out all my f-ing pennies. Just trust me though
.Im right on this general principal. I know by instinct that they cant mail themselves.)Vending machines wont even take them. They hired engineers to assure that any penny which entered the slot would be immediately routed straight to the change opening. Think about the engineering involved. Dimes, which are smaller than pennies, go right into the till, but they had to create some sort of mechanism that would sort out and eliminate any penny that enters the machine, lest they get involved with the REAL money that is in there, and gross it all up.Have you ever tried to give one to a bum? Seriously. I almost got in a fight in San Francisco over the fact that I gave a bum some pennies. The man had no home, was hungry, cold, and hopeless, yet when I gave him a handful of pennies, he tried to spit on me. Fortunately, his lack of front teeth seriously affected his aiming abilities and I easily dodged the saliva-based projectile, but nonetheless.Isnt this enough evidence for Alan Greenspan and the Fed to say enough is enough? I now summarize my case:1. Pennies are considered worthless, even by homeless people2. Pennies are disgusting3. Pennies cant even mail themselves4. Americans are actually giving them to strangers, like some nationwide game of hot potato5. Vending machines are even too smart to take them. Their job is to take money, not pennies.Case Closed. Please, Federal Reserve, I beg you. End the game.Im done with the f-ing pennies.Sully"http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/110504612.html