Some stats about U.S. finances were shared over at the 100 Thing Challenge Facebook today. It got me thinking of doing a little calculating of my own. Here's something to ponder.
$233 dollar bills stacked on top of each other = 1 inch. So...
$14,762,880 dollar bills stacked on top of each other = 1 mile.
I'll be trying to climb Mount Whitney in June. It's the continental U.S.'s highest mountain at 14,494 feet or about 2.74 miles high. Measured in dollar bills, Whitney is $40,597,920 dollar bills high.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. will save $143 billion dollars by 2019 because of the new healthcare legislation. That's 3,522 Mount Whitneys worth of dollar bills stacked on top of each other! Wow.
Er, uh, well the U.S. debt is currently $12.9 trillion dollars. How many Mount Whitneys worth of dollar bills would stack up next to the current U.S. debt?
Try 317,750! That is a lot of Mount Whitneys.
Here's another way to look at it. $143 billion dollar bills stacked up would be 9,686 miles, or about the distance of flying from San Diego to London and then back to Chicago.
$12.9 trillion dollar bills stacked up would be 812,849 miles. That's about the distance of flying from San Diego to the moon and then back to San Diego...and then back to the moon...and then back to San Diego.
Been doing some reading about NPR's embrace of digital media and their impressive online strategy. Caught this quote over at mocoNews:
The first NPR iPhone app was developed by a volunteer; that’s also the case with the Android app. Google engineer Michael Frederick used his “20 percent time”—the search company lets staffers devote that percentage of their time to personal projects intended to ultimately benefit the company.
Do you think that NPR and Google "get it"? Uh, yeah. Now take a look at these numbers to prove the point.