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A mathematical question regarding national debt .

A mathematical question regarding national debt .

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alftupper

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83 posts

71 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Imagine the UK national debt as a pile of £1 coins and you had the job of counting them out , how long would it take if you could count one per second and you worked non stop 24 hours a day 7 days a week . Assume National Debt as being £1.2 Trillion . I did try working it out but the numbers appeared too large . Also , if you placed the coins on top of each other how high would the stack be .

Funk

17,909 posts

118 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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I think I'm right in saying it would take you 38,051.8 years or 38 millennia and that if you placed 1.2tn £1 coins on top of each other it would reach a height of 3.78m kilometres.

Edited by Funk on Tuesday 24th September 00:16

AnonSpoilSport

12,955 posts

85 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Funk said:
I think I'm right in saying it would take you 38,051.8 years or 38 millennia and that if you placed 1.2tn £1 coins on top of each other it would reach a height of 3.78m kilometres.

Edited by Funk on Tuesday 24th September 00:16
Ah, but you'd be 20 some months in, counting, and Ed Balls would loom up and add loads more coins to your pile. So you'd have to live even longer!

Murph7355

13,428 posts

165 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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You wouldn't be counting quick enough to keep pace with the deficit. So you would never actually get to the end.


steveT350C

4,532 posts

70 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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There are 604800 seconds in a week.

UK debt is increasing by about £2.3bn per week.


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Hugo a Gogo

20,241 posts

142 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Funk said:
I think I'm right in saying it would take you 38,051.8 years or 38 millennia and that if you placed 1.2tn £1 coins on top of each other it would reach a height of 3.78m kilometres.
and it would weigh 11.4 billion metric tons
or about 1.5 tonnes of coins for every man, woman, and child in the world

BoRED S2upid

12,880 posts

149 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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steveT350C said:
There are 604800 seconds in a week.

UK debt is increasing by about £2.3bn per week.
Is that all!

Hugo a Gogo

20,241 posts

142 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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or 4.5 billion tons of gold

which is 26 thousand times as much gold as there actually is in the world

steveT350C

4,532 posts

70 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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BoRED S2upid said:
steveT350C said:
There are 604800 seconds in a week.

UK debt is increasing by about £2.3bn per week.
Is that all!
The 2.3bn I got from wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_nation...



http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/debtclock/

This suggests just over 3bn per week if my maths correct. I am of course happy to be corrected! smile

AnonSpoilSport

12,955 posts

85 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Hugo a Gogo said:
Funk said:
I think I'm right in saying it would take you 38,051.8 years or 38 millennia and that if you placed 1.2tn £1 coins on top of each other it would reach a height of 3.78m kilometres.
and it would weigh 11.4 billion metric tons
or about 1.5 tonnes of coins for every man, woman, and child in the world
That's a big settee. Be a bit 'lumpy', that.

Digga

18,934 posts

192 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Murph7355 said:
You wouldn't be counting quick enough to keep pace with the deficit. So you would never actually get to the end.
^This.

You might as well see how many of the coins you can stuff into your foreskin.

hedgefinder

3,219 posts

79 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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lots of mathematical questions regarding the UK economy answered here ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdyQd6Xks7A

Hugo a Gogo

20,241 posts

142 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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link here http://www.labnol.org/internet/visualize-numbers-h... visualising a trillion in US 100 dollar bills

so for Sterling you'd have to double that really for 50 pound notes (which are bigger as well, but we'll ignore that

so twenty full metre cube pallets is a billion pounds, that's a good truck full

then you'd need a thousand of them for a trillion

Asterix

24,438 posts

137 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Digga said:
Murph7355 said:
You wouldn't be counting quick enough to keep pace with the deficit. So you would never actually get to the end.
^This.

You might as well see how many of the coins you can stuff into your foreskin.
15 it seems...

AnonSpoilSport

12,955 posts

85 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Asterix said:
Digga said:
Murph7355 said:
You wouldn't be counting quick enough to keep pace with the deficit. So you would never actually get to the end.
^This.

You might as well see how many of the coins you can stuff into your foreskin.
15 it seems...
Damn, I only got 12...

51mes

897 posts

109 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Would you gents disinfect those coins before putting them back into circulation please... ;-)

Nothing personal - I could just do without that thought when I go to buy a pint next.

OTOH if we did that with money perhaps people would be less likely to spend it ;-)

over_the_hill

2,321 posts

155 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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another nice visual - scroll down

http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/

Asterix

24,438 posts

137 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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51mes said:
Would you gents disinfect those coins before putting them back into circulation please... ;-)

Nothing personal - I could just do without that thought when I go to buy a pint next.

OTOH if we did that with money perhaps people would be less likely to spend it ;-)
I can also get a roll of 28 £50 notes up my bum as well. Think about that while you hold a note in your mouth while fumbling for smaller change wink

AnonSpoilSport

12,955 posts

85 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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Asterix said:
I can also get a roll of 28 £50 notes up my bum as well. Think about that while you hold a note in your mouth while fumbling for smaller change wink
Ah, this one I do win - 36 and counting...woohoo

steveT350C

4,532 posts

70 months

Tuesday 24th September 2013
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over_the_hill said:
another nice visual - scroll down

http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/
That is a tad concerning!