And I recognize that that probably isn’t the current term for them.
I did a great deal of searching and only came up with the slimey kind of slug. Then, I did some searching for “metal slugs” and holy cow. Not the kind of result that I thought I would get.
I should have searched for “electrical box knock out“!
Maybe our use of the term “slug” was a regional colloquialism. But, we’d see and pick them up from the ground every now and again. Currently, on our road, there are two houses under construction and I happened to see one on the ground and picked it up while taking Jaimie for a walk. That brought back memories. I hadn’t seen one in years.
These things, if you followed the link above for an example, are little metal circles that are punched out of electrical boxes so that the electrical cables can be fed into the box. But, there’s more.
To a kid of about 10, they looked just like quarters. The rumour was that you could put them into vending machines, pinball machines, and anything that accepted quarters and they worked. How can businesses make money if all you have to do is walk through a construction site?
I can recall stories of kids who fueled their need for candy with these things. I’d seen the slugs lying on the ground and picked them up but Mr. GoodyGoody here never actually tried to use them as currency. With my luck, I’d get caught.
Truth be told, I can’t ever remember being with anyone who tried and managed to get them to work as quarters.
But the rumours still persisted…
For a Sunday….
- have you ever heard of these punchouts being called slugs or is it just a thing from my youth?
- did you ever try using one of these as a replacement for real currency?
- can you even think of a vending machines that takes quarters these days? Heck, I can think of machines that only take debit or credit cards.
- have you ever had the sad experience of putting money in a vending machine only to have it work its way through and spit the coin into the change slot, rejected? Did you try it again and again until it worked?
- or even worse have it just get swallowed up by the machine?
- with all the technology growth, I find it interesting that the metal electricial box are still around. Do you know of an alternative?
How about you? Do you remember these things? How about sharing your thoughts?
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