Bad Research

Posted by Mike Merritt in Society on

If there’s anything I hate more than chain email (and I hate chain email like I hate corrupt politicians), it’s badly researched chain mail, which seems to be a characteristic of a lot of them. Most of them are rumors started by someone who couldn’t spend two seconds looking up the facts, so they get all hot and bothered by the issue.

Take the new $1 coins from the U.S. Mint. I got a chain mail from my mother (who didn’t start it, so not her fault) complaining that these new coins should be boycotted because supposedly they don’t have “In God We Trust” on them. Well, apart from the fact that I could less if they did – I feel a lecture in the importance of God coming from a commenter in my future – something tells me that given most politicians in the federal government are not atheists, this wouldn’t fly with them. They’d be on the Mint faster than you could blink.

Sure enough, it’s not true. Just the position of the phrase has moved. As you can see, it’s now on the edge. This is interesting, because I think it’s the first time any coin (of any country, but not sure on that) has has words on the edge of them.

Now, I know what people are going to say, “But you can’t see it as easily.” Well, maybe you can to actually exercise for thumb and forefinger to get to it, but looking at the picture, it would seem that the words stretch the whole thickness of the edge, potentially making them a bigger font size than they are on any current coin. I’d have to see one to be sure, but if that’s the case, wouldn’t that make it easier to see? Especially for the elderly?

Surely doing this would make people happier, as it’s actually emphasizing the phase just that much more. But, people will probably still complain. By the way, “E Pluribus Unum” and the year are also on the edge. So, no people. This isn’t some vast far-left conspiracy to remove God from our lives. So, stop while you’re ahead.

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