1. BEFORE YOUR magical journey into throwing money into fountains begins…
2. …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.
3. 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!
4. The lake at The Bellagio makes about $12,000 a year.
According to the Review Journal, this is how the money is cleaned. It’s pretty neat/gross:
Bellagio’s lake is cleaned every few months. The staff that maintains and operates the fountains built a giant vacuum that is used to remove everything from the floor of the lake, Monet says. They sift the money and then place it into a cement mixer along with some towels. The friction cleans the coins.
10. One of the largest fountains in the world, Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain only makes about $200 a year. Womp womp.
This is because it’s too big. You see, there’s a science to all this coin tossing. People like a target to throw their coins at. People also like to see the coins hit the bottom. People want to know where their money lands.
The problem with the Buckingham Fountain is that jets obscure the bottom so you can’t see where your money lands. There aren’t any targets too. You don’t want to toss money into that thing.
12. The fountain in Bryant Park in New York City makes about $3,400 a year. That money is donated back to the park to pay for the collection of the coins.
From the New York Times: “The coins pay for the collection of the coins. You get your happy feeling and we take nothing off the top.”
Another interesting fact: The coin tossing at the Bryant Park Fountain peaks around Christmas. Also, the money they collect STINKS. It smells real bad.
13. In 2011, $3,564.58 was collected at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania. The King of Prussia Mall is the second-largest mall in the United States btw.
According to volunteers, dimes are the worst to clean:
“It took a long time to figure out how to clean them,” [nonprofit director Darcie] Goldberg said. “We’ve tried a cement mixer, baking soda, Coca-Cola, a variety of ways. Dimes are the worst because they’re so small.”
Chlorine in the fountains is the culprit, Goldberg said. Sometimes the coins are so discolored, it is hard to recognize them.
14. And lastly…
16. AND NOW YOU KNOW.
17. HAHA WASN’T THAT FUN?!?!
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