The Penny has dropped: Canada to stop minting the 1 cent piece

Originally posted on Downies Blog:

In a major break with tradition, Canada is doing away with the humble penny. Citing cost of production and weakened buying power due to inflation, the Canadian Government is to phase the 1 cent piece out of circulation from February 2013. 2012 is the last year the penny will be struck for circulation and the change is causing quite a stir amongst numismatists, for a number of reasons. It’s also leading some to speculate that the Australian 5 cent piece could be next.

A coin with a fascinating history, the Canadian penny denomination was, from 1858 to 1908, struck in England and shipped to Canada for use in circulation. The penny would ultimately become one of Canada’s first domestically produced coins, with the recently opened Royal Canadian Mint first striking the denomination in 1908. With several dates from the penny series attaining notoriety due to interesting background events or great…

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Did Mashonda Call Out Alicia Keys On Twitter?

Originally posted on Hot 107.9:

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Mashonda is not amused at a recent interview in whichAlicia Keys finally addressed being labeled a “homewrecker.” In case you missed it, Alicia stated that Swizz Beatz and Mashonda were already broken up before we got together.”

Mashonda sees it quite differently. She took to Twitter to call out Alicia for coloring the story:

Here’s a little history lesson for you. Phaedrus didn’t believe her husband was cheating on her either, until children showed up!

Who knew Mashonda knew her mythology? She even threw in the A.D.!


Alicia Keys To Haters: Swizz & Mashonda “Were Apart Before We Ever Got Together””

Alicia Keys “Girl On Fire”…

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Kate Moss’ Tattoo Inked By Lucian Freud Worth $1 Million Or More

Originally posted on It's Interesting:


For many people, their body art is priceless. But for Kate Moss, one tatoo could be worth more than $1 million because it was inked by revered German painter Lucian Freud. Freud and Moss met in 2002 and shortly after, he etched swallows at the base of her spine. 

“He told me about when he was in the Navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing,'” she told Vanity Fair. “And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like? Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ 

“I said I liked birds and he replied, I’ve done birds. And he pointed down at a painting of a chicken upside down in a bucket to which I replied, “No, I’m not having that.” We decided to do a flock of…

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The Iron Dome

Originally posted on Across Cultures:

The Iron Dome defense system has proven to be an effective tool in preventing the loss of human life in Israel. I think understanding what Iron Dome is, how it works, U.S. involvement, and the impact it has had on the current aerial conflict between the Gaza strip and Israel is essential to understanding the escalation of attacks. Between the dates of November 14th and 17th   alone the Iron Dome missile defense system has stopped 245 of 737 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza.

Iron dome provides defense from short-range missiles and mortar shells by targeting incoming missiles and then firing an interceptor missile to destroy them midair. Israel began developing this defense system in 2007. According to the IDF “The radar detects a rocket launch and passes information regarding its path to the control center, which calculates the predicted point of impact, If this location justifies…

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