Monday, April 16, 2012

Accident spills coins on Highway 11

Millions of Canadian dollars in coins were spilled on Highway 11 last month. Read the full article by clicking on the picture. Then, find out what a "loonie and toonie" are:

“Armoured vehicles have been involved in collisions before but they are usually not compromised so that may give you an indication of the severity of the impact,” said Mark Andrews, a 28-year veteran of the OPP.

Loonies and Toonies are the Canadian names of one and two dollar coins. They receive the name from the image on the coin.


Ana said...

It's incredible and surprising! This accident is obviously out of the ordinary.
I must confess that I hadn't seen the Canadian coins until now. There're so many things to learn that the famous sentence of Sócrates "As for me all I know is that I know nothing" comes to my mind constantly. I've learnt that the canadian 1 dollar coin (aka the LOONIE), bears image of a loon, a bird very common in Canadá on the reverse and an effigy of Elizabeth II on the obserse. Regarding the TOONIE (the canadian 2 dollar coin), it's a combination of two words: the number "two" with the name of the loonie, and it's represented by a polar bear on the reverse and the portrait of the Queen on the observe.
In the following video you can see a crane with a large magnet to collect the coins. It's something unusual! isn't it?

CMed said...

I completely agree with the Socrates quote you posted. There is sooooooo much to learn and sooooo little time. I wish I were a billionaire, to help the needy and to have time to learn :)
Thank you, have a great week, see you on Monday.