Bozo counts!


Some 30,000 Americans have signed a petition urging the U.S. government to spend 850 quadrillion dollars in building a “Death Star” to protect the country.

The stupidity is awe-inspiring. These bozos have no inkling of size. How much is 850 quadrillion?

Well, the U.S. dollar bill (bozo-land hasn’t got around to issuing a coin yet) is 0.010922 cm thick. (I utterly refuse to use bozo measure — how many ells in a mile is beyond me.). A couple of minutes moving decimal points will tell you that a stack of a quadrillion dollar bills would be 10,922,000 km high. Lay that stack on its side (remember these bills are face to face and not edge to edge) and drive past it at 100 km an hour. That would take 109,220 hours. Or approximately 12.5 years.

And that just for a quadrillion dollars. To drive past a horizontal stack of 850 quadrillion dollars would take you 10,600 years.

Which for a bozo is more than the age of the universe.

Translation for the witless:  100 km an hour is 60 miles an hour.

Oh, what the hell. Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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