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I only took my shoes off for a brief moment. When I put them back on there was something lodged in the right one toward the toe. I felt it when I slipped ’em back on. So strange. I don’t know how it could have gotten there but there it was. So I slipped it back off and tipped it slightly. Out popped a penny. Not a shiny penny. A 1966 penny. Canadian. So there’s a queen on the one side. And a maple leaf on the other.

How does a 1966 penny, hailing from Canada, all of a sudden appear in my right shoe?

Perhaps it’s always been there.

But there has to be more to it than that.

So I Googled it.

For starters, it’s worth at least 3 cents. And some folks are paying up to $5 American for one of these puppies. Suckers.

If you look up today’s date back in 1966 you won’t find anything that interesting related to Canada. You won’t find much of anything at all. Which doesn’t happen often. But you will find a plane crash in Oklahoma. American Flyers Flight 280 crashed into the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains while trying to land at Ardmore for refueling. It was carrying 92 U.S. Army soldiers returning from training camp. 81 perished.

On this very same day Soviet scientists conducted one of a series of underground nuclear tests. Which followed a series of tests in 1965. And preceded a series of tests conducted in 1967, The mid-60s were a good time for nuclear tests.

I don’t really see any connection in these facts. So perhaps there isn’t much more to it. Perhaps it’s just another one of those mysterious Canadian penny shoe appearances.

You can’t read into every little thing, you know.



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