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How One Man Bought A $25,000 Car With $1,000 Worth Of Quarters

Good story, worth the time!

At the airport, I played my part in security theatre, dutifully removing my shoes after heaving my luggage onto the conveyor. There was a flurry of activity on other side of the x-ray machine. A crack TSA operative stormed up, indignant. “WHOA sir…I have to inspect your luggage.”

Mind you, there is no law against transporting 54 pounds (24.5 kg) of quarters onto an airplane, but that didn’t seem to matter. He just didn’t like it. The TSA guy opened my luggage to find a ziptied cloth bag labelled “$1000″.

“What’s this all about?”

“That’s a bag of quarters. I’m on my way to Vegas,” I said, showing my boarding pass. “I have a system for playing the slots.”


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The best part was the opening quote...

“Corruptissima republica plurimae leges. [The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.]“ -Tacitus, the Annals ca. AD 69

Except the translation is incorrect and has reversed the subject-object relationship. It should read: "[The] most corrupt republic [has the] most laws" or more simply "Most Corrupt Republic-Most Laws." Many latin quotes from that era are written to be an axiom on which to stack other arguments. This quote follows that pattern.

There is a world of difference between the wrong translation provided above and the more correct one.

Two worthless cents are hereby supplied...

Cuimhnigh orm, a Dhia, le haghaidh maith.

Today it's quarters

Yesterday it was cashing fake checks at ATMs

healthy skeptic



Sounds made up, but it is a good illustration.

There are some really dumb comments there too.

Yeah I was thinking the same

Yeah I was thinking the same thing...or at least highly exaggerated.

Hey, thanks!

It was a good story! And it's nice to actually read something encouraging that makes you smile when your finished! Although I must say...if I were him I would've bought a cheaper car and hung on to those quarters!