Plot Device

12-16-2008, 07:25 PM

Is this video mathematically correct? Or is it exaggerating? It's 2:35 long, and it's one of those homemade mashups that you can whip out in about 3 hours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JIirvMxTCI

Let me run down the claims the video is making:

One trillion dollars. How much is it?

1) If it's stacked up as just one dollar bills, that stack will be 67,000 miles high (109,000 km). (This one is basically dependent upon determining a uniform thickness for each bill. I personally do not know what that thickness is, and the video doesn't reveal it.)

2) If you had a job that paid you one dollar per second 24/7/365 you would need to work 31,709 years.

3) Something about a jet fighter. (This one is way too complicated for me to explain, and you need to start with the exact dimensions of each dollar bill, and the video doesn't stipulate if it's the dimension of length or the dimension of width that's being measured.)

4) It would buy every man, woman and child (I believe that's 300 million of us) in the USA 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

5) Another analogy about how if Jesus spent 1 million dollars a day every day since the day he was born (essentially this math equation is starting with the non-existent Year "Zero") he would need until October 2737 AD to rack up a trillion.

Is this bogus and conveniently exaggerated math? Or is it real?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JIirvMxTCI

Let me run down the claims the video is making:

One trillion dollars. How much is it?

1) If it's stacked up as just one dollar bills, that stack will be 67,000 miles high (109,000 km). (This one is basically dependent upon determining a uniform thickness for each bill. I personally do not know what that thickness is, and the video doesn't reveal it.)

2) If you had a job that paid you one dollar per second 24/7/365 you would need to work 31,709 years.

3) Something about a jet fighter. (This one is way too complicated for me to explain, and you need to start with the exact dimensions of each dollar bill, and the video doesn't stipulate if it's the dimension of length or the dimension of width that's being measured.)

4) It would buy every man, woman and child (I believe that's 300 million of us) in the USA 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

5) Another analogy about how if Jesus spent 1 million dollars a day every day since the day he was born (essentially this math equation is starting with the non-existent Year "Zero") he would need until October 2737 AD to rack up a trillion.

Is this bogus and conveniently exaggerated math? Or is it real?

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