The next time you're bored in a coffee shop, here's a little something to do. All you need is a coin, a straw, a cup, and a willingness to be made the object of many admiring looks — for you are the pennymaster.
There are plenty of ways that pennies made before 1982 are superior to ones made afterwards: The pennies themselves are worth more, as they're made with solid copper. When flicked or dropped, they have a pleasing ring to them, while modern pennies thud. Finally, early pennies can be used in a bunch of fun science…
Spritz luminol on your pennies and they’ll glow. Don’t worry! It's not blood — your penny's just been framed.