If the y axis intercepts the x axis at q degrees, then the velocity of s must exceed the square root of pi to minimize the drag coefficient upon reentry.

That’s 100% mathematical gibberish, right there. It takes a special talent to speak in the language of the Gibbers. Most people must travel to Gibberopolis to learn the language, but it comes naturally to me.

Still feeling a bit off today. Much better than the last few days, but not 100% yet. And right now, it wouldn’t be so bad, except my brain is still in a fog. There’s like a London pea-souper in my cranium. Anyway, as a result, this is yet another toned down oddities post. Once my head clears up, I’ll get back to my pointless ramblings, but for now, I’m keeping the babbel to a minimum.

Today I want to tell you about a coin. This isn’t really a special coin. It’s not particularly rare, considering it’s age. It’s an Austrian Thaler minted in silver in 1696 and features the likeness of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. (by the way, the word thaler is where we get our dollar from).

It’s just a standard coin. It has Leo on the obverse, (front), and the Hapsburg crest on the reverse, (back). Nope. Nothing too odd about it. So why am I making a post out of it? Well, because it’s a little odd.

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Leo was a Hapsburg. And he shared a common feature amongst the males of his line, a jutting chin. He had an underbite and a chin that stuck out a little bit more than normal. paintings of Leo don’t make it seem like it was too pronounced.

However, when the thaler featuring Leo was designed, it seems that the engraver decided to make a caricature of Leo instead of an actual representation. And, like all goo caricature artists, he exaggerated Leo’s features. As a result, Leo’s thaler became known a the ‘Hogsmouth thaler’. And Leo himself earned the nickname ‘Hogsmouth’.

Now, a lot of people wouldn’t call the emperor Hogsmouth to his face. And most people wouldn’t have made his coin a caricature. But it seems like Leo was a very jolly fellow who loved satire. When the coin was brought to him for approval before it was minted, he laughed and said it looked just like him and to go ahead and mint up as many as were needed. And when Leo found out the coins, and he himself, were being called ‘Hogsmouth’, he again laughed and thought it was a fitting description.

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So, I suppose you would all like to see what Hogsmouth looks like, eh? Well....ok, I’ll show you.

There he is, old Hogsmouth Leo the First!

* It should be noted that, while I do have a coin collection, I don’t actually own one of these. Coins be super-duper expensive to collect. Why, a penny from 1909 will cost you a minimum of $500! And that’s in barely readable condition! So now I collect dead things in rocks because my budget couldn’t take the coins any longer. Now, if I could just sell my coins, think of all the dead stuff I could buy!