Out-of-the-Ordinary NewsFor the Week of June 20

Out-of-the-ordinary news from the folks at "Studio B"...

A Penny $aved Is a Penny Earned

A wise man in bifocals once said, "A penny saved is a penny earned." Fast-forward 200-plus years to a guy in Alabama, who saved his pennies for 39 years. What started out in 1966 as a few pennies in a jug turned into 4.5 tons of pennies, enough copper coinage to fill four 55-gallon and three 20-gallon drums. Edmond Knowles finally decided to cash them all in at one of those Coinstar machines. He set a new record for the largest ever penny exchange with more than 1.3 million of them, or about $13,000 worth. By coincidence, Edmond started saving his pennies right after he got married.

Hou$e Hunt

It cost $2.5 million to build the House That Ruth Built back in 1923. And in the midst of the Great Depression, just $40 million to build the Empire State Building. Well, about 60 miles east of midtown Manhattan, a three-bedroom home's asking price makes all that look like the change you find in between your living room couch cushions.

Someone is paying $90 million for this sprawling beachfront Hamptons estate on Long Island. It's a new record for a residential property in the United States. Beating the old record by $20 million. The home sits on 40 acres of prime real estate. For 90 million smackers, you get three bedrooms, three baths. Let's not forget the barn, the two guesthouses and the manmade lake. Guess it pays to buy when your neighbor's renting her home for $750,000 a year.

This Spud's for You

The next time you call someone a couch potato remember this: Your snide little remark is more than an insult to your TV watching acquaintance — it's an insult to the potato as well.

British potato farmers are protesting Monday outside Parliament in London. They're demanding the term "couch potato" be removed from the Oxford English Dictionary. They argue that the phrase makes the vegetable seem unhealthy. Even though — like human couch potatoes — the real vegetables just sit there. You hardly ever see them at the gym.

The farmers want the term replaced with the phrase "couch slouch."