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Industry Biotech
Occupation Professonal Mommy and Writer/Editor
Location N. California
Introduction Slightly frazzled mom of two small children, more-than-slightly neurotic science writer and editor with an unshakable addiction to baseball.
Interests Parenting, biology, SF Giants baseball, speech and language issues, stuttering, interesting ways to use the English language, helping people understand genetics

Why does the taste of pennies remind you of losing a tooth?

I don't taste pennies too often, but let's go with the scientific. When you lose a tooth, your mouth usually bleeds. Blood contains a lot of iron, so it tastes metallic. Pennies are also made of metal - not pure copper anymore, so maybe there's some iron in there. Regardless, both give you a metallic taste in your mouth. To me, sucking on zinc lozenges has the same effect.