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Fun with Numbers

I was doing some calculations trying to wrap my head around $700 billion. First one needs to see what it looks like written out long hand:

$700,000,000,000

(for ease of typing I round all calculations)

There are approximately 100 million households in this country. If all households were to receive an equal portion of that money it would equate to $7000 per household. If instead of giving an equal share to each household it were to be divided up to each person equally everyone would receive $2300.

If this money were to be printed out in sheets of 100 $100 bills at 1 second per sheet it would take about 2.25 years to print it all out. I imagine that modern printing presses work at much faster speeds…but still.

If a person were to work for minimum wage at a standard 40hour/week it would take 54 million years to earn $700 billion. Likewise, we can say 54 million minimum wage earners earn $700 billion per year.

If one person were to be unlucky enough to have all of this money deposited into his bank account he would be dead in 3.6 years after succumbing to a life of hookers and blow.

Don’t forget about the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, $200,000,000,000 bailout too!

I think at this point money stops being a concrete thing. Its like when I got to a certain level of math classes in college and all the sudden they stopped using numbers and used letters only.]

I think what pisses me off most about these bailouts, is that the people who willfully fucked us all for financial gain are going to sit pretty with their savings. I simply can’t believe that the financial gurus thought they could ride on a 40:1 debt ratio.

They knew what they were doing, and the SEC knew also and let them do it. I can get a little relief knowing that their stock options have tanked…they may have to let one housekeeper go.

It’s a good thing that, as Chairman Bernanke once pointed out, “we have a technology called a printing press,” and can just create new money whenever we need to throw it at a new problem.

Oh, and Lifticus? If all that money was deposited in my account, I can guarantee you that not a penny would be spent on hookers and blow.

I would simply make a modest real estate purchase.

Like, say, all of Western Montana.

[quote]Varqanir wrote:
It’s a good thing that, as Chairman Bernanke once pointed out, “we have a technology called a printing press,” and can just create new money whenever we need to throw it at a new problem.

Oh, and Lifticus? If all that money was deposited in my account, I can guarantee you that not a penny would be spent on hookers and blow.

I would simply make a modest real estate purchase.

Like, say, all of Western Montana.
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What are you gonna do with the leftover $600 billion? Its gonna burn a whole in your pocket.

I’ll spend it on free-range tenderloin and rib eye, single malt whisky, mesquite charcoal, condoms, Metabolic Drive, Surge Workout Fuel, ammunition, books, a private jet, and Eastern Idaho.

Not necessarily in that order.

[quote]Varqanir wrote:

Oh, and Lifticus? If all that money was deposited in my account, I can guarantee you that not a penny would be spent on hookers and blow.

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You need to get your priorities right… that’s very unamerican of you.

[quote]AssOnGrass wrote:
Varqanir wrote:

Oh, and Lifticus? If all that money was deposited in my account, I can guarantee you that not a penny would be spent on hookers and blow.

You need to get your priorities right… that’s very unamerican of you.[/quote]

You only say that because you have no idea of the magnitude of the wild naked barbecue parties that will be happening every night at Castle Varqanir, my heavily fortified sconce in the Rockies.

I will invite Pushharder and his bevies of nubile females, as well as Nate Green and every porn star he can dig up out of the saloons of Whitefish.

No hookers required.

As for the blow, who needs it? I’d rather have a Spike shooter and a handful of Beta-7.

If you were to start with a principle balance of $1,000 and deposited 1,000 per month compounding interest annually at average historical market return it would take 162.38 years to earn $700,000,000,000.

If you compound at this decades average return it would take eternity.

I pulled every cent out of investments after the last financial “stick it in their pooper” event. I figured I’d much rather keep my money and invest in my health. So I can out live everyone of those bastards.

I’m much happier now that my life isn’t being turn upside down, by people with to much money in the first place. I’ve learned that healthy is far more important than wealth.