Diary: Kids tap Pikachu to replace Lincoln

Quick - which president’s face is on the penny? If your answer wasn’t Abe Lincoln, then you’re very much in sync with the nation’s children.

Quick - which president’s face is on the penny? If your answer wasn’t Abe Lincoln, then you’re very much in sync with the nation’s children.

Quick - which president’s face is on the penny? If your answer

wasn’t Abe Lincoln, then you’re very much in sync with the nation’s

children.



General Mills, helping the US Mint launch new Y2K pennies, surveyed 750

kids, ages six to 12, on their knowledge of the coins. The result did

not exactly portend encouraging things for the not-so-distant

future.



When asked whose face currently appears on the penny, answers ranged

from purple dinosaur and parental scourge Barney to presidential hopeful

George W. Bush (clearly a kinder, gentler dinosaur).



General Mills then asked the children to nominate someone worthy of

replacing Lincoln. In yet another sign that this country is going to

hell in a handbasket, nominations included Ricky Martin, Tiger Woods and

Britney Spears. Pokemon puffball Pikachu was the clear favorite,

garnering an astonishing 40% of the vote.



Let’s just hope General Mills doesn’t do any promotions with Congress,

or we might be seeing campaign finance reform left to The Backstreet

Boys



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