Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Does the number $3,550,000,000,000.00 ring a bell?
It should. It is our government's 2010 budget. So, if you personally had that much in cash ($10s and $20s preferred... or in nickels if you are some kind of a weirdo), what could you buy? According to some pretty neat research by Newsweek Magazine, you could buy:
Everything produced in Italy in 2008 PLUS all of the oil in Saudi Arabia PLUS an electric car for every 16 and 17-year-old in America PLUS the International Space Station PLUS a refund for everyone defrauded by Bernie Madoff PLUS The Big Dig, Boston's urban-infrastructure money pit PLUS a full funding for the Krasnow Institute's project to map the human brain PLUS all the tea in China PLUS the treasures of King Tut's tomb PLUS one 99 cent MP3 download from iTunes for everyone in America PLUS the first-ever weeklong staging of Stockhousen's seven-opera series PLUS the Holy Grail of baseball cards: a mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner PLUS a recession-era bargain" an Upper East Side condo on 94th Street PLUS a pair of Marc Jacobs 214S sunglasses (with dark gray lenses) PLUS one Carnitas burrito at Chipotle in Manhattan (plus tax).
OK. So say I don't want the burrito... can I substitute?
OR... you could spend it all on lottery tickets and have a great chance at some real money.