After tucking their three-year-old child Sammy in bed one night, his parents heard
sobbing coming from his room.
Rushing back in, they found him crying hysterically. He managed to tell them that
he had swallowed a penny and he was sure he was going to die. No amount of talking
was helping.
His father, in an attempt to calm him down, palmed a penny from his pocket and
pretended to pull it from Sammy’s ear. Sammy was delighted.
In a flash, he snatched it from his father’s hand, swallowed it, and then cheerfully
demanded, “Do it again, Dad!”


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