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by Rob Meyer

While cleaning the cushions of your couch, you find an old gold pocket watch that you don't recognize. Antiques Roadshow is in town, so you take the watch for appraisal. You are shocked to learn that the watch's original owner was none other than George Washington (apparently a former resident of your house). The expert tells you it's worth $100,000. After an embarrassing victory dance on national television, you trade in the watch for cash. Now what? It's time to play the stock market.

Rob Meyer is Production Assistant of NOVA Online. Disclaimer: The following is purely a simulation of the activity of the stock market. All persons, companies, and "stocks" are fictitious, as is the money used in this game.

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