Balancing 3,118 coins on a dime


49 Responses to “Balancing 3,118 coins on a dime”

  1. Cowicide says:

    No stranger to marijuana this man is.

  2. This guy should be able to put this on a resume.

  3. rocjoe says:

    I can think of lots of good things to do with my time, but balancing my life savings on a desktop isn’t one of them.

    • CharredBarn says:

      I kind of doubt someone who’s making snarky comments about strangers doing weird things on BoingBoing at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night can think of LOTS of good things to do with his time. I obviously can’t right now.

      • rocjoe says:

        Gosh, can’t a guy take a break from making prosthetic limbs for blind orphans for just 5 minutes without somebody jumping on his case? Sheesh…

    • SedanChair says:

      His life savings will likely grow with ad revenue from his YouTube page.

      Then he can make a bigger stack! It’s a living(?)

  4. zombienietzsche says:


  5. Stonewalker says:

    I wonder how long he could continue in that pattern, given infinite strength properties of the material supporting the single dime.  Forever?  Help me out here, I’m not an engineer yet.

  6. Eddie Perkins says:

    It’s a coinucopia!

  7. tyger11 says:

    And they say innovation is dead!

    Plus, “edited *better*”? The mind boggles…

  8. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Change comes from within. 

  9. Palomino says:

    Both sides of the coin, if you will~

    Heads: An imbalanced man living an unbalanced life, trying desperately to find some sense balance. (It’s all about sporting an attractive  equilibrium.) 

    Tails: He’s actually Japanese, they dig this focal activity  stuff. (It’s all about how certain people define “relaxation”.)

  10. Baconomy says:

    Coins are pretty good to build with. He certainly beat my efforts, though.

  11. Itsumishi says:

    Not to be (too) nit-picky but he balances 3,117 coins on the dime. There are 3,118 coins in the tower, including the dime. 

  12. Mister44 says:

    Girlfriends – He Wouldn’t Want One Anyway

  13. MythicalMe says:

    When I read the headline my first thought was the dime was on edge,which would have been really amazing and much more difficult. While I can appreciate the difficulty this structure presents, I can’t help but feel disappointed.

    • Scratcheee says:

      I agree.  What this guy did was really, really cool.  But to use the word “balance” implies that there was a fulcrum upon which the whole deal could tip to one side or the other at any moment.  I think “stacked” is a pretty good description for his feat.  But then that undersells, because it doesn’t express the expansion out to the sides.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        But to use the word “balance” implies that there was a fulcrum upon which the whole deal could tip to one side or the other at any moment.  I think “stacked” is a pretty good description for his feat.


  14. argexpat says:

    Get a job hippie!

  15. Keith Tyler says:

    I just want to know where he lives where there are zero vibrations, and what his floor is made of that prevents his walking around with the camera from jarring the stack.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      In Southern California, if you’re on the ground floor, you’re on a concrete slab. There aren’t any vibrations until there’s an earthquake.

      • sarah_no_cal says:

        So you are saying that EVERY SINGLE STRUCTURE in So Cal is sitting directly on a concrete slab? That’s quite a broad statement..

        • dragonfrog says:

          Yes, they’re practically all sitting on a single concrete slab that covers the entire Southern half of the state.  It was a New Deal make-work project.  The only exceptions are buildings older than 1935.

  16. Senor Schaffer says:

    3118 coins. How much jerky is that?

  17. daneyul says:

    Very cool… but no shot of him tipping it over at the end?

    Harshed my mellow, man.

  18. noah django says:

    what is the significance of placing the dime on the corner of the table?

    also:  how many dimes did he pack into his bong?

    also:  weed.

  19. David Kopelman says:

    The coin of the realm is misdirected endeavor.

  20. Jordan Humphrey says:

    Am I the only one who decided to add up the total cost of the coins? in case your wondering its $232.74 (unless I am wrong, I did just wake up 5 minutes ago) not counting foreign coins.

  21. Skye MacLeod says:

    This is terrific. I really like the point at ~1:56 where a bunch of coins fall and he says  “ah, don’t fall. Narly narly narly.” I think I’d be repeating that throughout the whole 7 hours.

  22. 10xor01 says:

    Wouldn’t want to go up against this guy in a winner-takes-all Jenga match.

  23. Amazing! He must be high or something. A common man would never attempt to do such a thing. :)

  24. Jakob Drud says:

    Incidentally, TaiStar42 is also chairman and founding member of The Earthquake Haters’ Association.

  25. David Peacock says:

    This is the fate of those who are lousy skateboarders. 

  26. MattF says:

    You must embrace the equilibrium, you must embrace your inner inner ear, you must -be- the dime on the bottom.

  27. anansi133 says:

    He’s clearly built a scale model of the american economy. -in which case the stack of coins can rise without limit, as long as he never stops building. The hour he stops putting new coins on the stack, the whole enterprise will tumble.

  28. frankieboy says:

    was OWS closed that day?

  29. Is anyone else disappointed they didn’t get to see it fall at the end?

  30. Andrew P says:

    @ stonewalker as far as I can tell, if strength of the support was not an issue, and you remove the chance of him knocking it completely over, then he could probably go on forever. I am not sure the strength of the bottom coins matters, since as long as weight is distributed evenly they will flatten while staying level. the strength of the table would be the only other limiting factor I can see.

    does anyone know if he has broken/set any kind of world record? Also, if anyone cares this setup cost $232.74 and some foreign coins and would have weighed about 22.5 pounds.

  31. Lobster says:

    What do you mean a tube of crazy glue doesn’t count as a foreign coin?  I’m sure there’s got to be SOME country where you could use it as currency!

  32. MelSkunk says:

    Man, SO much snark on this. He did this because he can, and it’s awesome he could.

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