Last week Dennis Tucker wrote:
In the spirit of recent numismatic mysteries and puzzles that have appeared in The E-Sylum, here's a visual riddle: Identify this numismatic animal!
Jim Duncan writes:
It looks like an out of luck bison.
Alan Luedeking writes:
Well, if that ain't a humpbacked bison I'll be buffaloed....
Close, but not quite. Jim Downey was the first to send in the correct answer:
A dateless buffalo (nickel).
Ten minutes later, Pete Smith chimed in:
After looking for a deeper meaning, all I could come up with is a dateless Buffalo.
Sorry, no deeper meaning there. Also having the correct answer was
Buffalo Nickels are notorious for wear on the date region – many have the date worn clean in circulation. Thanks to Dennis for sending this in.
In the "Things I Learned From the Internet" department are the following tidbits which include a couple coin-related brain-teasers. I have no idea if most of these are true, but they're interesting nonetheless. These came from The Good, Clean Funnies List (see www.gcfl.net):
10. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
11. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
20. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
22. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
27. If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.
28. Snails can sleep for three years without eating.
30. The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
33. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
34. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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