For the past couple of months, while the Youngest Lamblet and I are walking to the bus stop, I've noticed pennies hanging from a neighbor's lamppost. Yes, pennies... at least 6, but probably more. They are encased in between two long strips of Scotch Tape which hangs vertically from the crossbar of the lamp. I have no idea why someone would do this and I don't know the couple well enough (if at all) to ask them why they have a line of pennies dangling from their lamppost.
The lamppost is right at the front corner of the yard where the end of the driveway meets the sidewalk. It is surrounded by a lovely rambling rose. There's nothing else by it. At first I thought it might be some form of squirrel repellent, but there's nothing there that a squirrel would want. so no need to repell.
Other ideas that have popped into my mind?
Something about the elemental properties of the pennies works with the rain to prevent corrosion of the lamppost...
It's a pagan spell used to bring about wealth, although I believe you're supposed to bury pennies around a tree for that one... why I know that, I have no idea, but I seem to recall someone relating it to me at some point and I haven't forgotten, nor have I tried it...
It's some cutesy church slogan thing... I've seen enough of these to suspect any weird outdoor thing as being related to a cutesy church slogan thing... you know, like pennies from heaven or something like that.
They're inside, recording our reactions. Is Candid Camera still around?
Last but not least, they want to know what we're thinking and have put payment out front for easy access. Yes, the classic penny for your thought... although I'm guessing everyone who walks past has the same thought, "What's with the dangling pennies?!?"
So, any other ideas?? Any one familiar with this ritual? This lamppost decoration? Are they merely testing our honesty? Waiting to see who will steal the pennies? Well, apparently not many, since they're still there. Now had they taped $100 dollar bills to it... that might have been a little more tempting... plus, shredded money makes excellent squirrel nest bedding.