From Flomation, Ala. comes a guy who perfectly illustrates the whole selling point of Coinstar, which makes those machines in banks and grocery stores that count coins. Gas station owner Edmond Knowles saved up more than a million pennies over 38 years, and Wednesday cashed them in for over $13,000, setting a new Coinstar record. He plans to add the proceeds to his retirement fund. I hope no one in the bank was in line for the Coinstar machine and got stuck behind Ed, as processing all of those pennies took over seven hours. The total bounty, stored in 55-gallon drums, weighed more than 4 tons.
—Posted by Celeste Ward