BEFORE YOUR magical journey into throwing money into fountains begins...
...YOU SHOULD READ THIS. It's from the Sun Sentinel about WHY we throw coins into fountains in the first place. SERIOUSLY, it's interesting:
Palm Beach County psychotherapist Fran Sherman says giving, even in tiny amounts, makes people feel good while feeding their own "wishes and plans and hopes and dreams."
"If you throw a coin into a fountain you're making a wish, and when you're making a wish you're putting positive thoughts into your head," Sherman said. "When we put positive thoughts into our head, they trigger endorphins and all the different parts of the brain click-on those 'feel-good' kinds of chemicals.
Now that you know actually why you throw your money away into random bodies of water, let's look into how much money these fountains actually make because it's more than you'd think!
The lake at The Bellagio makes about $12,000 a year.
The fountains at the Mall of America make about $2,000 a month.
The Centennial Flame Fountain outside Parliament in Canada makes up to $6,000 a year. On average, they collect $15 of change a day.
The Trevi fountain in Rome is insanely profitable. It can make $3,200 a day (every day they clean the coins out.) In 2011, the fountain made over $1 million.
You're not even supposed to throw money into the 9/11 memorial fountain, but in 2014 people tossed $2,735 into it.
The fountains at all the Rainforest Cafes nationwide (24 of 'em) make about $25,000 a year. That money is donated to various environmental charities.
One of the largest fountains in the world, Chicago's Buckingham Fountain only makes about $200 a year. Womp womp.