Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How much are US wheat pennies (Lincoln cents) worth?

Wheat pennies are fun to find in your pocket change
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These websites will guide you to the specific values of different years and grades of wheat pennies:

Lincoln Pennies (1909-1958) - JM Bullion
Wheat Pennies (1909 to 1956) Values - Cointrackers
Find Out How Much Is Your Lincoln Wheat Penny Worth? - The Spruce

If you sort your coins, you can collect pennies in many forms:

Lincoln Wheatback Cents Album, 1909-1958 P, D & S (Cornerstone Coin Albums)1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Album/Book/Kit & 200 Random Coins Included #53303^
BCW Peel-N-Seal Self-Adhesive 2x2 Coin Flips for Pennies 100ctLincoln Wheat Penny Starter Album Collection Kit; Great for Beginner Collectors

Wheat pennies, because of their minted volumes, are easy to collect and fun.  Kids like them, because they can understand the value of a penny.  

You can even buy Wheat Pennies on-line if you don't have any, or need specific years:

coin collecting does not have to be fancy.  A cardboard box or a cigar box, a magnifying glass, and an old sock (to wipe any fingerprint oil or dirt off the coins) is almost all you need.  You can almost feel history when you hold a 100 year old coin in your hands!
Coin Collecting - Newbie Guide To Coin Collecting: The ABC's Of Collecting - Including Gold, Silver and Rare Coins: What Every Investor Must Know

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Worst car to buy in the US

Water Damaged cars. They are coming.

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If you are in the market for a new car, be extra vigilant! The damage from flooded cars does not always appear immediately, and may not be repairable.
The Harvey and Irma hurricanes may have flooded an estimated half-a-million to one million cars, according to the firm Cox Automotive.

Friday, January 26, 2018

How can a currency become worthless?

Most currencies are Fiat Money, not backed by a commodity (like Gold and Silver) but backed by the government that printed it.

Fiat money is a currency without intrinsic value established as money, often by government regulation. It has an assigned value only because the government uses its power to enforce the value of a fiat currency or because the exchanging parties agree to its value.
It was introduced as an alternative to commodity money and representative money. Commodity money is created from a good, often a precious metalsuch as gold or silver, which has uses other than as a medium of exchange (such a good is called a commodity). Representative money is similar to fiat money, but it represents a claim on a commodity (which can be redeemed to a greater or lesser extent). From Wikipedia

If the government behind the Fiat currency becomes insolvent, or acquires extensive debt, their currency may be devalued (relative to other Fiat currencies), their ability to borrow money will be affected (lenders will demand higher interest rates because of the risk), and prices will climb as the currency loses value. At present, Venezuela, Argentina, Zimbabwe, and other countries are suffering due to the inflation they are experiencing. Venezuela is even considering making their own cryptocurrency, the “Petro”, as a solution to their problems.
Some related websites:
What would you do if your money became worthless? - Prosperous Way Down website
A worthless currency - The Economist (Article on Zimbabwe)
11 Times Currency Was Rendered Almost Worthless (and Why) - Ranker
What Happens When Your Money Is Suddenly Worthless? - Cracked (article on India)
The Greek Crisis Explained - (Infographic) - from Gainesville coins
Many people invest in Gold and Silver as a “Hedge” against devaluation. This can be done with collectable coins and jewelry, or bullion.

Here’s hoping your value is strong!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How much money are Hollywood film actors paid?

Actors are usually paid Union scale, sometimes more (if you have a good agent) and sometimes less (non-union work). Well-known actors may also be compensated based on their draw (fanbase and box-office numbers).  Here is some 2017 reporting on actor salaries:

Hollywood's Salary Report 2017: Movie Stars to Makeup Artists to Boom Operators - Hollywood Reporter

Full List: The World's Highest-Paid Actors And Actresses 2017 - Forbes

Hollywood’s 14 Highest-Paid Actors All Make More than Its Highest-Paid Actress - Vanity Fair

Not every actor is making $20 million per movie – casts can be large and even background actors make something; Unknowns will often act for free just to build their body of work and get exposure.  Money is just one of the ways we can measure success in the quest for fame!
Hoping my actor friends monetize their careers and enjoy success, on and off the screen, - Alan

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Does a mailbox have to have a door?


The Following is from the USPS SPUSPS-STD-7B01:

3.4 Carrier Service Door -There shall be only one carrier service door which must provide access for mail delivery and collection intended by the unit and meet USPS delivery operational requirements (see 2.2). The door must meet the applicable testing requirements specified in 3.15.2. The carrier service door must operate freely and solely by pulling outward and downward with a convenient handle or knob. The design of the door, including hinges and handles must provide protection against wind, rain, sleet, or snow (see 3.15.3). Door latches must hold the door closed but allow easy opening and closing requiring no more than 5 pounds of force. Action of the latch must be a positive mechanical one not relying solely on friction of the hinge parts. The door shall not be spring-loaded. Magnetic latches are acceptable provided adequate closure power is maintained during ambient conditions specified in 3.15.6 and applicable testing described in 3.15. It is preferred that by either tactile or by sound (i.e. “snap” or “click”) carriers are alerted that door is properly shut. The door, once opened, must remain in the open position until the carrier pushes it closed. The door must rotate a minimum of 100 degrees when opened and it is preferred that the maximum rotation be limited to 120 degrees or less. When in a fully opened and rest position, the opening angle of the door cannot measure more than 180 degrees. No protrusions other than the handle/knob, door catch, alternate flag design, decorative features or markings are permitted on the carrier service door. Protrusions of any kind that reduce the usable volume within the mailbox when closed are not acceptable. 
3.4.1 Handle/Knob - The handle or knob shall have adequate accessibility to permit quickly grasping and pulling it with one hand (with or without gloves) to open the door. The handle or knob shall be located within the top 1/3 of the door. Various acceptable handle/knob designs with required dimensions are depicted in Figure 5. Other designs may be acceptable provided they allow enough finger clearance and surface area for carriers to grasp.
3.5 Rear Doors - Mailboxes may have a rear door, provided that it does not interfere with the normal delivery and collection operation provided by the carrier or require the carrier to perform any unusual operations. The rear door must not be susceptible to being forced open as a result of large mail items such as newspapers and parcels being inserted through the carrier door. 

If you don’t have the door anymore, be creative and build something out of plywood, metal, or plastic. Sometimes it’s cheaper just to replace the mailbox.

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Are actresses who chose marriage and kids over their careers like Michelle Pfeiffer, naive to think they could just jump back into the Hollywood game like they were never gone?

Many actresses opt-out of their careers to raise kids, write a tell-all book, etc. when they re-enter the marketplace as actors, they already have a book of work, but need to be re-cast based on their age and appearance. It is not all naivete, but having a good agent and work that requires their “look” and box-office draw.

5 Ways to Break into Acting Later in Life - Backstage
This Chart Shows Hollywood's Glaring Gender Gap - Time
Russell Crowe Says Older Women Don’t Get Movie Roles Because They Refuse to Act Their Age - Slate

“I have been told throughout my career, by various representatives, that there is a window,” says Jenica. “That as you age, there are fewer opportunities and pretty soon your window shuts.”
Part of the problem is that few leading roles are written for women over 40, especially in film. Typically, in movies, women in their 40s and up are someone’s mom or somebody’s wife in the background. Factor that in with committing the unthinkable sin of aging, and you have the perfect formula for actresses’ aging out of a very fickle and youth-obsessed business. From Aging Out: Hollywood's Problem With Women Over 40 - Huffington Post

It may be a challenge, but many older actresses have really well received roles, as long as they are flexible in taking roles and working hard to bring their talent to the forefront.
Reading List:

Shirley MacLane - Sage-ing While Age-ing

It may be a challenge, but many older actresses have really well received roles, as long as they are flexible in taking roles and working hard to bring their talent to the forefront.
Maturity brings experience and talent to the forefront, that allows these wonderful actresses to take parts they COULD NOT HAVE PLAYED as young Ingenues.  Betty White is amazing, and still going strong as a wonderful comedic actress!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How is the value of bullion coins determined?

Bullion coins have, at their base, the smelt value of their base metal (e.g. Gold, silver, etc.).

Smelt values for US coins can be found here: U.S. Silver Coin Melt Value Calculator - Coinflation

Bullion prices are supply and demand, based on market forces.

Bullion Values - Bullion Values website

Many coins are considered “Culls” or rejects because of circulation marks and wear. These can usually be bought at near melt value because they have diminished value as a collectible coin.

Coin Speak: 10 Coin Terms You Need To Know (And They'll Help You Sound Like A Real Numismatist!) | The U.S. Coin Guide

How To Invest In Gold And Silver: Buy Gold And Silver Bullion The Easy And Safe Way

The Gold Book: What’s It Worth? A Guide to Commonly Traded Gold Bullion Coins, Bars and Karat Gold Jewelry

Good luck with your bullion - know your values!