(via Could a Penny Dropped Off a Skyscraper Actually Kill You?: Scientific American)
City-slickers: Have you ever worried that, at any moment, you could be struck dead by a penny flung off the roof of a nearby skyscraper?
You can rest easy — on that score, at least. In fact, it’s extremely difficult to turn a penny into a lethal weapon, and hurling it over the barricades at the top of the Empire State Building won’t get the job done. Even from that height, a penny is too small and flat, and cushioned by too much air, to become a torpedo.
Reassuring news for this week’s annual pilgrimage to New York for the Big East Tournament.