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Old 12-15-2003, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many pennies fit in a 5 gallon jug?

I've been saving pennies in an old 5 gallon water jug for a long long time. Well, it's almost filled and I'm too lazy to count the pennies. So how much money have I got? I'm guessing around $350.

If I were to empty it, would it be worth sorting out all the old wheat pennies? There's probably dozens of them, but I don't know if they have any value.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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volume = .360 cm3

3785 cm3 per gallon

19,000 cm3 per 5 gallons

therefore, you have a theoretical limit of $525 dollars in that thing, supposing there is no air in it. multiply by about .7 (the porosity of a dense clay) and you have about $360. so i guess i agree w/ U.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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awesome, I'm taking my 5 gallon jug to the bank ASAP!!
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Old 12-15-2003, 05:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would estimate you have around 300 pennies in that thing.

The above calculations are jus too number heavy to disagree with So I'll just nod in agreement.

I wish i had the self disipline to safe all my chagne i usually just toss it around my house and forget about it.
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Old 12-15-2003, 06:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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300 pennies is nothing! 5 gallons man, like the size of a jug that you put on a water cooler!

I always save my change... Comes in handy at vacation time.
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Old 12-16-2003, 04:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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awesome, I'm taking my 5 gallon jug to the bank ASAP!!
Good luck lifting it.
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Old 12-16-2003, 05:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think you'd do better to weigh the jug. I don't know how much one penny weighs, though. I think there's much more air in there than rsl12 is accounting for.
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Old 12-16-2003, 06:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i'd estimate 300 or so... dunno, maybe i can try sometimes. but wait, i don't have 300 pennies -_-
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Old 12-16-2003, 09:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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why are some of you talking about 300 pennies?
do you really mean 300 physical pennies?

in a 5 gallon jug? (ur excused if metric is all you know...)

300 pennies is $3.00.
one roll of pennies is 50 x 6 = 300 pennies.
visualise the volume. ok, clear now?

sorry i don't mean to condescend..but...hellooo, anyone home?
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i agree - weigh 100 pennies, weigh the jug, divide, now you have whole dollar result. simple...

the jug will throw you over by a couple of bucks, but who cares? this is just an estimate, right?

or you could do water displacement archamedies (sp?) style... that's a bit extreme, though...
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Old 12-17-2003, 05:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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i'd estimate 300 or so... dunno, maybe i can try sometimes. but wait, i don't have 300 pennies -_-
SiN is correct, it's a bit more than 300 pennies. Try by two orders of magnitude. I'm guessing over 30,000 pennies!

Weighing the jug and pennies would be a good method, but the jug is glass and I don't know how much it weights alone (I guess I'd have to empty it).

Water displacement is another good idea, but then I'd have over 30,000 wet pennies
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Old 12-17-2003, 06:28 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Weighing the jug and pennies would be a good method, but the jug is glass and I don't know how much it weights alone (I guess I'd have to empty it).
A 5-gallon glass carboy weighs 14 pounds:

and a 5-gallon water jug weighs 13 pounds:

and a roll of pennies weighs 4.5 ounces.
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Old 12-17-2003, 11:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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curious if you went to the bank yet?
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Old 12-17-2003, 05:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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All I have is the image of Homer slapping an address on his water jug of change and struggling it out to the mailbox, only to drop it into the ground. Peering into the hole he whines "Hello? China? Little help?"
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Old 12-18-2003, 04:11 AM   #15 (permalink)
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A 5-gallon glass carboy weighs 14 pounds:
That's the one I've got!!! Thanks redlemon.
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Old 12-18-2003, 04:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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why are some of you talking about 300 pennies?
do you really mean 300 physical pennies?

in a 5 gallon jug? (ur excused if metric is all you know...)

300 pennies is $3.00.
one roll of pennies is 50 x 6 = 300 pennies.
visualise the volume. ok, clear now?

sorry i don't mean to condescend..but...hellooo, anyone home?
I assume they mean $300 in pennies, not 300 physical pennies.

I'd guess between $300 to $325 as well. I filled a container almost that size, and ended up rolling about $275. The pain in the arse was that the bank wouldn't take it without having it rolled first, and then when I rolled it and brought it in, they broke open the rolls to make sure they were all real.
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:46 AM   #17 (permalink)
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ROFL!!! For some reason my still-groggy-from-a-late-night read the title of this forum as "How many PENISES fit in a 5 gallon jug"... D'oh!

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Old 12-22-2003, 05:59 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Assuming the average penis is 6 inches long with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches, that's a volume of about 42 in^3.
18,927 cm^3 in 5 gals
688cm^c in 18,927cm^3 means you could fit 27 penises into a 5 gallon jug.

But you would have to stack them just right.
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Old 12-22-2003, 11:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 12-26-2003, 10:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Coinstar is an option, but I think they take like 7 cents out of every dollar the machine counts for you...
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Old 12-27-2003, 07:01 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I would have just said "lots"... but i'm an idiot so don't mind me.
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Old 12-30-2003, 11:21 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I am about half way through filling a 5 gallon jug with all my loose change. Looking at the contents and reading this thread, I'll say it should be several thousand dollars worth by the time it's full, and we'll head off to Disney World!!

(after sorting change for 3 months, there is NO way in hell I'm going to pay Coinstar 11% of my money)
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Old 12-30-2003, 10:16 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Drop it off at the bank, tell 'em you'll be back later.
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:31 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Assuming the average penis is 6 inches long with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches, that's a volume of about 42 in^3.
18,927 cm^3 in 5 gals
688cm^c in 18,927cm^3 means you could fit 27 penises into a 5 gallon jug.

But you would have to stack them just right.
Pack them in like Vienna sausages.

Avoid Coinstar. They take 8.9% (89 out of $10) of what they count plus the coins that get into the machine without being counted (usually due to overfilling the fill chamber). If you have $300, they'll be getting $26.70 of it. Anyone whose time is so valuable that this is a bargain isn't someone who would need to accumulate the coins to begin with.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:54 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I have one of those 3 ft. tall plastic budweiser bottles half full of SILVER alone...

=]

its like 300$
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Old 01-16-2004, 11:46 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Assuming the average penis is 6 inches long with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches, that's a volume of about 42 in^3.
18,927 cm^3 in 5 gals
688cm^c in 18,927cm^3 means you could fit 27 penises into a 5 gallon jug.

But you would have to stack them just right.
thats if the penis is rigid, if u obtain a collection of peni, most likely the blood will all drain out (get a rag) and the peni will be flaccid, make sure you take in account of the tensile strenght, center of masses, elasticity, and the bulk moduli of all of the peni. keep in mind of temperature, cold will preserve the dicks, and will hold more, cuz volume is proportional to the temperature. have fun figuring this one out.
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Old 01-16-2004, 01:59 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Not to thread jack...

According to The Straight Dope , the plural of penis:

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The English-style plural is usually acceptable and often preferred. When you don't know what the Latin plural is and don't have a dictionary handy, you should choose the English-style plural rather than try to guess. (Sometimes even dictionaries will steer you wrong; see below). In your example, penises is a perfectly good plural of penis in English. Many people who deal with penises professionally use the Latin-style plural penes instead. That's fine too, but even among urologists, penises seem to predominate. Seems, rather. "Penises" seems to predominate.
Ok, back to the pennies!
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Old 01-16-2004, 02:08 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Not to thread jack...

According to The Straight Dope , the plural of penis:



Ok, back to the pennies!
are you saying peni is wrong? sounds more educated.

you know what - i decided- i don't care, we'll call em wangs
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:25 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I would estimate you have around 300 pennies in that thing.

The above calculations are jus too number heavy to disagree with So I'll just nod in agreement.

I wish i had the self disipline to safe all my chagne i usually just toss it around my house and forget about it.
Ryan, 300 pennys is only $3.00 ( 3 dollars)!!!

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I think you'd do better to weigh the jug. I don't know how much one penny weighs, though. I think there's much more air in there than rsl12 is accounting for.
A penny is a solid, it will displace the air, the more pennys the less air. The air gets pushed out.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:39 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Volume of a roll of pennies = pi x r x r x h = 3.14 x .375" x .375" x 2.875" = 1.271 cu. in.
5 gallons = 0.668 cu. ft. or (x 1728) 1,154 cu. in.
1,154 / 1.271 = 908 rolls of pennies; worth $454; and weighing (@4.5 oz. ea.) 255 lbs.

Again, that's not accounting for any air in between the pennies, so I'd say $300 worth is in the realm of probability.

If you know what the empty jug weighs, you could weigh it; subtract the empty weight; and find the number of rolls (4.5 oz.) at 50 cents each.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:05 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Bank of America has a machine that sorts and counts coins FREE.
It prints out a receipt that you give to a teller and get bills..it may take a while to feed all those coins however..and be careful as some coins will jam the machine...then you wait till it gets fixed.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Bank of America has a machine that sorts and counts coins FREE. . .
Hard to imagine a bank doing anything for free these days.

Back in my bartending days, I used to take a 1-gallon jar to my bank on a regular basis - there were no machines in grocery stores back then - and they charged me 4%. It usually netted me $350-$400 each visit, but very few of them were pennies (or quarters - those I rolled myself and saved the 4%).
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:03 PM   #33 (permalink)
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0k we have done a 5 gallon now lets try a 17 gallon barrel

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or a 34 gallon barrel
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