Penny Drops

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You know what I’ve always wanted to do? Throw a penny off the CN Tower. It’s always been a dream of mine, to throw it off and then go back down and see how much of a dent it makes in the sidewalk or how flat it is or whatever it does.

I did something like this back in Grade 7 or 8. I don’t even remember where it was; it seems to me like it was at Niagara Falls, but I don’t really remember going on a school trip there. Maybe it was Ottawa, I don’t know. Anyways, there was this tower that was basically like a miniature version of the CN Tower. They had an observation deck that had metal wire holding you from your certain doom, but this was a little bit different: the gaps between the metal bars were huge, probably about 4 or 5 inches wide. So anyways, my friend Jared and I were bored at looking out wherever we were supposed to be looking, so we quietly snuck away from where the teachers were and went to the other side of the tower. We wanted to throw something down, but we didn’t really have anything we didn’t need. The only thing we found was Jared’s pen (he borrowed mine from then on for the sheets we had to fill out).

So here we had the worst matchup possible: two stupid teenagers, a big tall tower with huge gaps to throw stuff through, and a loose article just begging to let go of. So down it went. The tower was pretty tall, and the ground was obviously blocked by the floor of the observation deck we were on, so we couldn’t see what happened to it. We followed the group the rest of the time like nothing had happened, but inside we were really just itching to get back downstairs and see what happened. What we saw when we walked back towards the parking lot to the bus was this huge splotch of ink and pieces of plastic everywhere. It was sweet!

So yeah. It’s been a dream of mine ever since to drop something from the CN Tower. I suppose it’s not very safe considering people walk around right below it, but, um, it definitely wouldn’t be my fault. I mean, I was just holding the penny and it slipped right out of my hand! It must have been suicidal. A shame, really. Such a good penny; I would have used it for lunch money.

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