Ukrainians Patch Shot-Up Vehicles With Loose Change

Drivers in the Ukraine have stumbled upon a cheap way to repair bullet-blasted vehicles. All it takes is a handful of pocket change, a glue gun and plenty of camouflage paint. Mind you, it helps to have survived the attack in the first place.

Over the past year, armed conflict between the government of Ukraine and separatist rebels supported by Russia has claimed thousands of lives and caused considerable collateral damage. Drivers who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time stand a good chance of having their rides (not to mention their persons and passengers) take on the appearance of swiss cheese.

Those caught in the crossfire have found a quick & easy way to patch unsightly bullet holes using Ukrainian coins and glue. While the results won't win any show & shines, at least the repaired vehicles end up less drafty and won't whistle like a clarinet in a stiff breeze.

As for the coins themselves, the Ukrainian 10-hryvna piece at 16.3mm (about 0.65 inch) in diameter makes a perfect patch. At current exchange rates, 10-hryvna coins are worth about 43 cents each and in an ironic twist, coins dated between 1992 and 2001 were minted at the Luhansk Cartridge Factory. (via English Russia)