The penny finally dropped

Posted by Bruffy on April 23, 2008 at 15:00:

Has anyone else heard the explanation that the projectionists, in the early cinemas, put a coin in the end of the first reel of two-reel movies and placed the reel-can under the projector. As the projectionists had seen the movies before they slept and waited for the penny to drop into the can and wake them up. Frankly this is a more meaningful explanation regarding "waking up to a realization" than pennies dropping into lavatories.