We all grew up occasionally tossing a penny into a fountain and making a wish. But did you ever stop to think about what happened to that penny after it landed with a "plunk!" in the fountain?
Obviously, first it sent a message to the wish-fulfillers in the universe and made your dream come true, but we're talking about after that. Everyone's wishing pennies have to get removed at some point, otherwise, the floor of every fountain in the world would be covered piles of coins that were hundreds of feet tall. But where do they go?
Now we have the answers.
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One of life's seemingly eternal mysteries is what happens to coins after people throw them in fountains to make wishes.
We’ve all done it! The idea of a wish-granting fountain probably has its origins in the older idea of wishing wells, which popped up centuries ago in European folklore.
It’s nearly ubiquitous now — you can find people tossing coins into fountains and making wishes all over the world!
But what happens to those coins? There's no way they can stay in those fountains forever.
It turns out, there are several things that happen to the coins people throw into fountains. Writer Adam Chandler conducted his own investigation for The Atlantic and published his findings.
Turns out, the coins in many fountains are collected by workers every few weeks.
If there isn’t much money in the fountains, a lot of times, the workers are able to keep what they clean up!
Sometimes, the parks departments get help from the residents of the cities and don't have to clean the fountains at all.
In New York, it’s apparently pretty common for “entrepreneurial New Yorkers” to scoop up change from the fountains when they need it.
How about that?! You could be treated to your morning bagel by the fountain change!
But that’s not the only way coins escape the fountain floor…