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Death to Pennies!

Back in college, I spent 5 months studying abroad in Australia. They had stopped using pennies, instead simply rounding up or down to the nearest five cents.

It was awesome! Pennies are heavy, and they’re a pain in the ass to deal with.

(Australia has dollar coins though, which are even heavier than pennies. If I had to pick, I’d rather keep pennies and use dollar bills.)

Last week Dan Pink shared this awesome video advocating that it’s time for the US to discontinue the penny. I agree!

PS: If the voice in the video sounds familiar, it’s by the same guy who brought the world The United Kingdom Explained.


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