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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:15 PM
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QUIZ TIME! How many pennies can a 1 qt jar of Miracle Whip hold?
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 04:19 PM by HypnoToad
There is a virtual prize! :D

Also, presume that there is no gross cream inside; it's entirely full of pennies.

Just in case you don't eat that tangy arterial squeezin's, some pictoral references:


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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:16 PM
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1. 232 n/t
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:37 PM
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10. 1,200
give or take a hundred

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:06 PM
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15. Getting warmer...
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:06 PM
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21. 1780?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:06 PM
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14. Way too few!
:D
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:09 PM
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17. A brazillion...
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:17 PM
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2. None if it's full of Miracle Whip.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:19 PM
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5. See post #4, I'm going LIFO stack here...
:rofl:
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:18 PM
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3. None.
The jar's full of Miracle Whip.

(That nasty white sludge...)
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:18 PM
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4. *** PRETEND THE JAR OF CORONARY SLUDGE IS EMPTY ***
:rofl:
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:03 PM
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11. It can hold 32 ounces of pennies.
The question is whether the pennies are pre-1982 pennies or post-1982 pennies, because they have different masses, and older pennies weigh less than new ones and are thinner than new ones through wear.

An average penny takes up .360 cubic centimeters and the average quart is 57.75 cubic inches, or 946.352 cubic centimeters, so the approximate figure is 2628.7555 repeating pennies, or to round, 2629 pennies.

So... about 26 bucks.

(And no, I can't remember why I know that a penny has a volume of .36 cubic centimeters. I think from physics class yea these many years ago?)
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:15 PM
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24. That certainly sets an upper boundary
But unless you are melting them down you won't come close to that figure.

Hmmm, now I have to go find optimum packing densities for identical disks inside a given volume.

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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 10:09 PM
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31. Packing density for pennies is~60%
So taking politicat's figure of 2629 and multiplying by 0.6 gives us 1577, which is reasonably close to HypnoToad's answer of 1421.

Emperical analysis of penny packing: http://www.rain.org/~mkummel/stumpers/30jan98a.html

When I counted a half-cup of pennies, I got different answers every time, varying from 150 to 190 pennies per half-cup. If a half-cup holds 170 +/- 20 pennies, then 55 gallons holds 299,200 +/- 18,000 pennies. Even two significant digits is pushing it. I also figured the volume of a penny as:

Volume = 1/4 pi d^2 h = 1/4 pi (3/4) (3/4) (.061) = .027 in^3.

55 gallons is 12,705 in^3, and dividing gives 470,000 pennies total. That's assuming 100% filling, like melting the pennies and pouring them into the drum. Then I took 100 ml of pennies and found that it took about 40 ml of water to cover them, for a packing density of about 60%. This gives a final estimate of 282,000 pennies, in the same neighborhood at least.


Perhaps HypnoToad only packed the pennies to a density of .54%?

FYI: 1421 pennies multiplied by 2.65g per penny results in 3766g, almost exactly what a gallon of water would weigh.

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anarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:23 PM
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6. four
I've tested this out, and they will definitely hold four pennies.






I didn't have any more pennies to put in after that.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:33 PM
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8. I said 'pennies'. What I think you're thinking could only hold four...
unless they were ala carte... :rofl:

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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:31 PM
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7. It can hold a jarful.
:P
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 04:36 PM
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9. Is the miracle whip still in there?
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 04:37 PM by ThomCat

Oops. PolitiCat got there first. Doh.

Well, at least it was another cat... :)
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:05 PM
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12. 2,477
:shrug:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:06 PM
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13. Too many!
:D
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:08 PM
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16. 1,728
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:06 PM
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20. Just a tad over...
More than 100, but less than 500... :D
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:23 PM
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25. I can't stand it. I wanna know.
1569, maybe?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 07:37 PM
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27. 1421
$14.21

3 times the price and probably 6 times heavier than the thick rich goo. :9
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:27 PM
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32. Thank you.
Numbers do that to me. If I get an equation in my head and I can't solve a math problem, I lose sleep over it and obsess with it until eventually a loud popping sound comes from inside my head. I then wander around in a daze for about a week and can't seem to form a complete thought. It's weird.

Great game/riddle you posted, btw. I'd love to see one on the weekend when I have more time to be on DU, have more time to think and I am more relaxed. :hi:
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:10 PM
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18. don't know. but i'll bet you the pennies taste a HELL of a lot better
:D
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:03 PM
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19. One quart... nt
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:06 PM
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22. 1265
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:11 PM
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23. 329
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StellaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 07:31 PM
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26. about 8.75
I am a teller in a bank
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 09:19 PM
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28. 1800, or approximately $18 worth.
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 09:21 PM by yellowdogintexas
we counted and rolled a quart of pennies once when we were broke and had $18 to go the the Evansville Fall Festival and eat unhealthy fried goodies.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 09:23 PM
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29. Four. Because pennies don't sink very far in white, oily crap.
You see, there's no room to put the pennies because the jar is full of "Miracle Whip."

The jar is still full because no one will eat that crap. :barf:
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SofaKingLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 09:23 PM
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30. 2,000
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 09:24 PM by SofaKingLiberal
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