People making a wish with their spare change literally throw away just under 3 million pounds every year, according to the “Fountain Money Mountain” report.

(Tourists regularly throw a copper or two into wishing wells and fountains, and a study has shown they spend an average of 31 pence at tourist sites such as Rome’s Trevi Fountain.

A wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the idea that water contained deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods, since water was a source of life and oftentimes a scarce commodity. The tradition of dropping pennies in wells, ponds and fountains stems from this. Coins would be placed there as gifts for the deity in thanks.

I have tried installing one in my garden, but it doesn’t seem to be working yet.)

Original photo by Dystopian_Optimist