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(Obviously NSFW.)

Been there, had that conversation. LOL It's amusing to think, oh yeah, the artist must have been there too. Because this is totally what happens when you try to explain to pirates how not to knock up their favorite whore and where is the little man in the boat.

Meanwhile in Terramagne, Grainne Nuala is probably still throwing occasional treasure at sex ed programs. Imagine some Planned Parenthood office manager opening the dropbox and then ...

"Well, nuts! Some darn fundie must crammed this thing with brass pirate tokens."

"Uh, boss? These are heavier than brass and some of them are bent."

"Holy Mary Mother of God this is all REAL?! Who would do that?"

"Maybe a pirate who loves sex ed."

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Date: 2017-07-09 06:05 pm (UTC)
zesty_pinto: (Bonklers)
From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
I love Oglaf.

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Date: 2017-07-09 07:33 pm (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
Trust me, they'll *notice* the difference between brass and gold.

The density of brass is 8.4 to 8.73 grams per cubic centimetre.

Gold is 19.32 (and lead is 11.34).

So the gold will weigh more than double what brass would (about two and a quarter, actually). And gold weighs about 170% as much as lead.

Gold is insanely heavy. So is mercury, it's a rather surprising experience to be asked to hand the instructor a 1 liter bottle of mercury. I grabbed it, mentally thinking of it as a bottle of liquid, and it didn't *move*.

Only weighed almost 14 *kilos*. Took both hands to pick it up.

And gold is heavier.

Bet they had trouble moving that donation box. :-)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-09 10:03 pm (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
Probably closer to 800 pounds. Somebody nailed me on a goof in one of my stories where I had a pop bottle full of gold dust. Apparently with random packing, you wind up with about one-third airspace. Coins are likely similar.

But 800 pounds is a lot. At current prices ($39.03/gram) it's over 14 million dollars.

Likely more since many of the coins will have collectors value above the value of the gold itself.

The bank will have a fit too. They can't do much beyond dividing the gold up into a number of safe deposit boxes. Selling it is a bit out of line for most banks.

It'd make one heck of a comedy having them *dealing* with a donation like that. The reaction of locals (and not so locals) that disapprove of Planned Parenthood (and of sex ed) would be amusing as well.



Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-10 08:23 am (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
>>> Likely more since many of the coins will have collectors value above the value of the gold itself. <<

That's true. Grainne would leave real pirate gold. Any idea how to calculate the value accounting for antique coins? Most likely either United Kingdom from the late 1500s, or possibly Spanish gold from the golden age of piracy (~1650-1730). If we could find a value for plausible coins we might calculate it that way.<<<

I thought I'd found a resource (Heritage auctions) but it seems you need a login. Then again, you could always try contacting them and saying you are a writer looking for a rough ballpark estimate for the value of some "pirate treasure" for something you are writing.

I *did* find out that a couple of 1922 silver dollars I have are worth at least $20 each!

>>> It'd make one heck of a comedy having them *dealing* with a donation like that. The reaction of locals (and not so locals) that disapprove of Planned Parenthood (and of sex ed) would be amusing as well.<<

LOL yes. I would so love to write this.

You sent a donation already, so you can leave me a prompt in the mid-month return of "gender, orientation, and identity." This would fit beautifully.<<<

I shall endeavour to remember.

It will be a rather "different" angle to approach everything from.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-10 10:29 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Given that she'd maybe leave Charles the first crowns [$2,500 each] or James VI crowns [$975 each, as it's less pure] [link] and you're looking at between 8000 to 10000 of them depending on stacking [coins are flat discs, which don't always pack well.] then the value of the treasure is around $25 million. Although taking into account the fact you'll de-value the rarity value you're probably going to get closer to $20 million or less.

For that much money, [untraceable tax free] you can probably buy enough congressmen and senators that planned parenthood can get all kinds of Bills passed in their favour... as well as funding themselves for a few months.

It's a sad truth that in Washington D.C money talks, and lots of money whispers "A word in your ear Senator..."
Edited Date: 2017-07-10 10:33 am (UTC)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-10 08:58 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Posit nothing, we know she captured a ship carrying currency from the tower Mint to West Indies intended to be the Governor's annual budget. That'd be about the right amount, more or less.

Problem is, how does Planned Parenthood know Grainne made the deposit? Would people even know what she looks like?

Although... I rather like the idea she's a known super-villain and has been giving law enforcement agencies the slip for centuries... although that begs the question how, maybe a teleporter in her crew able to bring the entire ship? [and hey, the myths of the Flying Dutchman are from around the Golden Age of Piracy so maybe she pirated Captain Van der Decken's ship and crew out from under him!]
Edited Date: 2017-07-10 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-11 12:49 am (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
Invisibility field? Hidden cavern in an iceberg or mountain cove?

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-10 08:25 am (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
Do you really think anybody is gonna be sensible when confronted with a random box of gold? More likely, they'll have to stare at it for a while, then remove them in handfuls and stare at them some more, then panic and bury it in a hole in the backyard, because what's the point of having treasure if nobody ever gets to have a treasure hunt?
Edited Date: 2017-07-10 08:25 am (UTC)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-07-10 10:16 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Planned parenthood is more likely to have people who don't panic staffing it... so, that sounds like a plausible range of reactions.

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