If for some reason you still use that crusty stuff called cash, you're probably painfully aware of the circular side effects that often result from the use paper currency: change -- worst of all, pennies. Aside from being annoying -- and sometimes refused by businesses -- each of the little brown tokens of the past actually cost the government 1.7 cents to make, which is a laughable waste of money considering nobody wants them, according to John Oliver.
The Last Week Tonight host devoted a 10-minute segment to make a case for finally ditching the penny, and it's hilarious, brilliant, and actually reasonable.
"Come on, let's dump the penny," Oliver said. "Not because we need to, not because it will change a great deal, but because there are certain things we know are impossible to get rid of: terrorism, herpes, and Guy Fieri. But the penny is a nuisance we could actually do something about. So let's do it, America. Let's get the penny out of our pockets, out of our dogs, out of our fridges and out of our asses. We can do this!"
It could be the change we actually need.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and used cash for the first time a few days ago and it felt SO WEIRD. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.