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David Urban (1 day ago)
Actually the charity argument is not even true, here in the Netherlands and other countries have already just stopped making pennies and the amount of money given to charity has not dropped at all. Also the 100 million dollars a year he is talking about would mean that every American would have to donate about 30 pennies a year, including every baby, child and everyone living in poverty...
Ghost_Anna _Reads (1 day ago)
I am willing to take the 150 pennies. I can give them a nice home in my wallet. Free money!!!
WorstCriticEver (3 days ago)
the half penny ironically is more worth then the penny LOL.
Michael Medhat (4 days ago)
I didn't know John like CGP Grey too
FastZebra Zoom (4 days ago)
All of our coins are annoying and worthless. It's from a long ago era when coins actually had some purchasing power. Completely get rid of them or keep just the quarter. Round everything to the nearest quarter. Simple. And no more ridiculous pricing like $2.99. We all know that's THREE FRIGGIN DOLLARS, so you're not fooling anyone.
Pretty Fly Guy (5 days ago)
I once made a glider out of Styrofoam boards I found lying around my house. The center of mass was a little bit behind the lift, so to balance it I used a few pennies. Got the glider to nose down a little bit, but the wings were utter shit to begin with and just didn't work. Thanks, US currency.
Lindsay Thompson (5 days ago)
Dude. I'm right down the street from Mike's Bikes. People in Marin generally don't give a shit about pennies.
Emily Murphy (5 days ago)
Pennies are not totally worthless, if you get enough of them you can get higher cents.
Anse (6 days ago)
DEATH TO PENNIES!
tmanepic (6 days ago)
I literally throw my pennies in the trash, no joke.
David Stratton (6 days ago)
I clean a big-box store, I usually find one to as many as 7 or 8 pennies (a few nickels and dimes too) every day. Beings as I work 6 days a week . . . they go in a jar on my desk. They add up and have been that last bit needed for gas on the last day before payday. Paycheck to paycheck people know how that is.
Jane Reinke (7 days ago)
If there were a petition, I’d sign it. If there were a new law enacted, I’d vote for it. If it were possible, I’d impeach it. Oops, am I just talking about pennies now!!?
Anya Romanov (7 days ago)
I mean I use pennies to pay in exact change
DotKritic (7 days ago)
Recently, the penny has cost approximately 2.4 cents to produce; the nickel approximately 11.2 cents.
victoria dk (8 days ago)
Break out a fucking nickel 😂😂😂
wes wells (8 days ago)
I throw away hundreds of Penny's a year ...real talk...fuck the penny
Mikej1592 (8 days ago)
much like my degree from ITT not worth the material its made from, we've already ended the ITT scourge lets kill off the penny!!!
PTRS 41 (9 days ago)
The won’t do it because they are too lazy.
anko Mitarashi (9 days ago)
Why not just use thinner pennies that way we're using less material per penny, lowering the total cost.
They way that John Oliver shits on Guy Ferrari makes me feel like he's a Homestuck. Seriously, he slips those in whenever he can.
christian macri (11 days ago)
Lobbying should be banned. American lobbying literally kills 1000's of people around the world...
mitchell rose (13 days ago)
Anyone want to buy my half pennies?
Michael Parker (15 days ago)
340million people 1 penny per person 3.4 million dollars thats alot of money for charity.
galloping goose (16 days ago)
What about that time you're 5 cents short on a bus ticket and there are no nickels on the ground? Pennies have saved me numerous times.
Godhand0777 (17 days ago)
Hamster discus competitions?! Oliver, you're a god damn genius! CALL THE OLYMPICS
Samus Knight (17 days ago)
I once as a child swallowed a penny and eventually pooped it out... We later spent it. Just like that frozen butt penny and the dog butt pennies it just might be in your pocket right now too! Enjoy.
Youthoob Gamer (19 days ago)
India banned 25p and 50p around 2011. 1 penny=0.67 rupees. I guess it's time for penny to extinct Even people barely accept 1 rupee coins nowadays. They are mostly valueless and cost twice to mint.
marvel's greatest hero (19 days ago)
I save every penny I find, 1¢ may be small but 1000 pennies and more is alot when saved for an occasion
ceojr1963 (20 days ago)
People have tried to give away gold coins and they had lots of people say no. But there are places they could go to see pennies picked up. Anywhere near me. ..........But the sad picture was them using heat pennies in the opening bit, Those are worth more, as they are 97.5% copper not mostly zinc. They devalued the penny by devaluing the whole dollar.
NBC Dynamics (21 days ago)
If John retouches this episode and sets up a donation for people to send and exchange while they just return them to the treasury, we might actually stop making them.
Kristiyan Kostadinov (25 days ago)
Is someone else also watching this in 2018 and notices at 7:25 - "2018" is written on the ring ?! o.O
Magnificent Failure (25 days ago)
I have never knowingly walked past a penny without picking it up.
the fluffy Octopus (27 days ago)
Ireland got rid of 1 cent coins and now just have 2 cent coins.
Nevik (28 days ago)
reason to keep the penny.....for those souvenir penny press machines!!
Paul Traverso (28 days ago)
I think the real value in pennies is it facilitates a more appealing price point to the consumer. For example, studies have shown that people are more willing to purchase an item for $24.99 than $25.00, a "big" even number. Even though chances are the consumer will pay with an even $25, consumers are drawn to the idea that they are getting a deal. Pennis valuable by its ability to increase consumerism in this way. Consumerism is valuable to the economy. Therefore, so is the Penny.
Claudette Smith (29 days ago)
"Am I helping?" I'm in love w him.
Nick D (1 month ago)
We haven't used 'em in sum yrs now (in Canada). Pricing is still exacted to the penny, but we just round up or down -- no biggy and that's often double the amount (.02$ there's not even the c with the cross thru it on my keyboard. Ha, no wonder its dead). What's with the American mind, eh, lol!
locutic1 (1 month ago)
Oh look he can be funny!
Cactus Clark (1 month ago)
In the US they are not pennies thats England. They are cents.
Viccatrix (1 month ago)
I just throw my pennies in the garbage. I make 100k a year, why the fuck do I ever need pennies?
Thomas Tribus (1 month ago)
For gods sake, I swear I've read "Penises"
Amiri the Grey (1 month ago)
Canada has eliminated the penny it's rad
cloudsweapon567 (1 month ago)
Here's the problem if you get rid of the penny - Corporations like Nikey would be forced to pay their child slaves in China 5 cents an hour instead of just 2 cents.
Bass Boost Mobile (1 month ago)
that dog retarded
Emanuel Rojas (1 month ago)
Pennies, the most useless currency ever known!
Darren Spohn (1 month ago)
Canadian here. We ditched the penny years ago. Still no ill effects. I say this to the penny,; good-bye, good luck, good riddance, don't call, don't write and for the love of god, don't come back.
Braden Beisse (1 month ago)
M. Night rules ya wanka!
Maria Hammarström (1 month ago)
Please tell me that ER-staff are allowed to tell patients who come into the ER with a coin stuck in their ass "you are an effing idiot".
John Reviews (2 months ago)
I pick up pennies.
Megan Quijada (2 months ago)
Am I the only one who clicked on it thinking it stated "Penises"?
MattP 81 (2 months ago)
They wiped their ass with rocks 😂😂😂😂
SadieCat (2 months ago)
*WHO WANTS A PENNY*
Ali Mürteza Yeşil (2 months ago)
Billion dollar question is "Will USA get rid of pennies?"
Alyssa Brown (2 months ago)
As John said "surely they would break out a nickel" I was like "5¢?? Fuck the orphans."
Josiah Sanchez (2 months ago)
Yo honestly I would have picked all those up. I do it every time
Josiah Sanchez (2 months ago)
I'm mad broke yo
Amanda Durfee (2 months ago)
I would be the person who picks the penny off the ground
Niklas Gustafsson (2 months ago)
At this time, in Sweden we have alot of shops that does not even accept cash anymore. Only card :) Works totally fine!
karthik s (2 months ago)
Did you know that social causes make millions of dollars, as people don't mind giving away their pennies for charity
MrJeChou (2 months ago)
Well, gotta go stick a cold penny up my ass now
Mr. Dood (2 months ago)
The half cent's modern value, scaled from the year it was dropped, is $0.13 #KillTheDime
Chinny P (2 months ago)
I always pick up pennies.
Captain Powers (2 months ago)
I went into a gas station with over a dollar in pennies for a fountain drink and they just told me to take it.
Ezekiel the dragon (2 months ago)
Penies
Kqeenc. Keef (2 months ago)
Hey, i have 2 jars of pennies. They mean something to meee
mdudegamer (2 months ago)
I wouldn't mind pennies stopping being produced. Doesn't necessarily mean that you couldn't still use them, though, just that they'd slowly disappear as they got lost.
George Sosinsky (2 months ago)
If you have a ticket that you shouldn't have. Say it cost two hundred dollars. Pay in pennies and watch the probation office and they will freak out. So it's worth it to have them.
tbarry12 (2 months ago)
anyone else thinking "fuck that dog had eaten more money than the i have in my checking account!"?
alpsters13 (2 months ago)
Why don't we make them out of all the empty plastic bottles we are tossing about.........
Derek Jones (2 months ago)
For all the time you spend on talking about the US territories you didn’t mention the fact that pennies are quite important to them.
The Wonderlander (2 months ago)
When I was a baby I crawling on the floor then I saw a penny. I picked it up looked at it and then I swallowed it. My mom saw me turning blue and called for my dad . He then proceeded to run towards me and then did the Heimlich Maneuver and I puked. That’s what my mom told me. I could’ve died from that penny .
R_A M (2 months ago)
I like the penny. It's shiny
Neon Flights (2 months ago)
Just saying, I work in customer service and there happen to be a lot of times where i had checked out customers who had either used gift cards or did exchanges and literally only were either owed or only had to pay a difference of a few pennies or even just one. Today, that literally happened as a woman used up a giftcard I had just given her as store credit on some new things, and she literally only had to pay me a penny (it was a massager, 10.85 after tax. The giftcard had 10.84 on it).
Neon Flights (2 months ago)
Plus, it gives me comfort knowing that those who are struggling turn to penny collecting. Those who not only appreciate the value of a dollar, but a cent as well.
A Girl And Her Dragons (2 months ago)
I always pick up pennies and other coinage. Free money
Connor Stickels (2 months ago)
I liked the new Muppets show. It was fun
Fukc M3 (2 months ago)
I give a lot of pennies to charity. If you don't want your pennies give them to a bum or in the charity bucket. Every cent counts. If 350 million people donate a penny that 35 million dollars for charity.
Space (2 months ago)
ok
Taryn Mason (3 months ago)
Stop using god damn pennies and round everything to the nearest 5th. I work in one of the busiest pharmacies in washington state and not having to count out each individual penny would honestly save a lot more time and get through customers a little bit faster. Pennies are stupid and completely fucking worthless.
seededsoul (3 months ago)
Fuck you, the Cosby Show was a great family comedy.
Aces (3 months ago)
HOW DID YOU KNOW I HAD SEVERAL PENNIES IN MY POCKET?
Winter Knight (3 months ago)
I flushed a penny down the tolit.
Digitalhunny (3 months ago)
Solution to America's infrastructure issue: Stop making the Penny & instead ALL of that money goes into the infrastructure fund. You're Welcome!
Amy Biskovich (3 months ago)
you know i love you ...but that walter cronkite voice-over left me questioning :(
Ruben (3 months ago)
Too bad he didn't mention that when the half-penny was removed it had a value that, considering inflation, was more than the current penny.
Susan Shutler (3 months ago)
i pick up EVERY penny I find. sheesh, drop some pennies my way.
AtakanNW (3 months ago)
Ok, but what about the " OONLY $ 19,99 USD" part of the American Culture?
Minerva Lynch (3 months ago)
I pick up pennies all the time, fuck it, free money.
Deconverted Man (3 months ago)
Its time for a CHANGE get rid of pennies
TheRealZeus (3 months ago)
The amount to pay to make pennies is complete bs yeah it cost more than it's worth but it's not like it cost 100 dollars to make a 100 dollar bill. It doesn't even cost 1 dollar to a 1 dollar bill... everyone is acting like it's going to completely bankrupt us because of one form of currency.
Roken The Sayian (3 months ago)
And #bootypennie
Roken The Sayian (3 months ago)
Pennies the single most useless coin ever
mia bay (3 months ago)
a penny is not worth bending over for... I vacuum them up
greenspan11111 (3 months ago)
I tip and give charity in pennies, what about me if they withdraw pennies from circulation!..
Adit Jain (3 months ago)
The fact about the charity is actually pretty valid. Since the pennies may be worthless to a single person but say 10000 of them contribute just 1 penny that could alone give a 100 bucks.
tazmon122 (3 months ago)
i think this clip was made AFTER famed author and OG youtube vlogger John Green (from vlogbrothers) asked the then POTUS Barack Obama about calling it cuts on the penny....Obama pretty much danced around an "it's not so simple" answer to pretty much say "no one in power is gonna do shit about it cuz it's so low on the priority scale that it's not even worth it"
Scott Jewett (3 months ago)
I don't know why i didn't notice until now, but that other pig from the Muppets photo kind of looks like Natalie Dormer.
Simon Weber (3 months ago)
Benefit grip price become instructor lunch tire clothing association channel addition.
vinny2times (3 months ago)
whenever i get a penny i also throw it out or throw it on the ground
Tony Lotus (3 months ago)
CGP Grey's video was better
yunikage (3 months ago)
Frankly I'm shocked by the anti-semitism.
magnumtrooper17 (3 months ago)
they could make pennies smaller

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