This nickel could save your life


#1

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#2

magnetic change messes up parking meters and vending machines. just ask nz.

you can file off one side of pennies, and with the help of a little vinegar or lemon juice make a zinc copper battery, a stack batter if you need to power a device.


#3

But a compass built into a coin pretty much guarantees I won’t have a compass when I need it, because I will have accidentally spent it one day when I’m 5 cents short for a cup of coffee.

Besides, the poles could switch any minute now and that coin will be pointing South-- what good is that?

/s


#4

Is this a counterfeit nickel? Because I seem to recall US nickels haven’t been pure nickel in a very long time.

EDIT: Ever. Thank you wiki!


#5

absolutely no problem - after 250000 years (+/-) your compass will be working again!


#6

I’m much more impressed by the Canadian quarters that created fears of espionage.


#7

Carry a couple of different currencies, “remains from trips”, “memorabilia”, “i don’t even remember where I got this one”. One of them as a compass, another one can be a hollow coin with a SD-card sized storage space or with a survival saw stored within, others as harmless decoys to play with.


#8

And for only $24 dollars, you can have your own nickel! Sheesh


#9

Or, if used incorrectly, this nickel could take your life.


#10

Yeah, but how much do magnets cost? Millions of dollars! What a savings! Especially since we have no idea how they work, you think you can just take a magnet and rub it against some steel and make a new magnet? No!


#11

Seems like it always points to Canada…


#12

The True South!


#13

@Michael_Borys, you need to associate your BBS account with your Boing Boing CMS account so that your stories don’t show up as being authored by boingboing (and looking like paid content).


#14

Grid to mag, add.


#15

##This nickel could save your life by deflecting a bullet!*

####Small caliber only.

#####Shot very precisely into the coin and not two centimeters to the side.

######Ok, this won’t work at all. Stupid nickel.


#16

Could many nickels be overlaid like scale mail?


#17

Looks like they also have a euro version which would be a little harder to accidentally spend - in the US anyway.


#18

Roscoe W. Chandler (Louis Sorin): The nickel today is not what it used to be ten years ago.

Captain Spaulding (Groucho): Well, I’ll go further than that. I’ll get off at the depot. The nickel today is not what it was fifteen years ago. Do you know what this country needs today?

Chandler: What?

Spaulding: A seven cent nickel. Yes siree, we’ve been using the five-cent nickel in this country since 1492. Now that’s pretty near 100 years daylight saving. Now why not give the seven cent nickel a chance? If that works out, next year we can have an eight cent nickel. Think what that would mean? You could go to a newsstand, buy a three cent newspaper, and get the same nickel back again. One nickel carefully used would last a family a life-time.


#19

Yes, but at what cost?


#20

A couple nickels plus some work?