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You dump the piggy bank into CoinStar, and when you cash in the receipt, you get coins back! That's irriating, as the point of this exercise was to empty the piggy bank. But, if you just cycle the change back through the machine, all those coins just vaporize into service fees after less than 80 passes. (That is, assuming they round by truncating in their favor; if they round fairly, it stabilizes at 5¢ without a fee.) So that's no good, either. The trick is to cash in the bank when you have exactly the right amount to come out with an even-numbered cash-out. But that requires counting it first, which is something of a catch 22.

Previously, previously.

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If Lottery Tickets Told the Truth

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"It was on an island. And there was this snake. And the snake had legs. Yes. That's true. A snake with legs."

Woman finds awesome snake with awesome leg, immediately beats it to death.

Dean Qiongxiu, 66, said she discovered the reptile clinging to the wall of her bedroom with its talons in the middle of the night.

"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw," said Mrs Duan of Suining, southwest China. Mrs Duan said she was so scared she grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death before preserving its body in a bottle of alcohol.

The snake -- 16 inches long and the thickness of a little finger -- is now being studied at the Life Sciences Department at China's West Normal University in Nanchang.

Just to the West of Normal, yes.

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