Monday, February 22, 2010

Mathematics Test

I don't know if you can see it, but I've generated a small picture of a cube of water, 1 millimetre along each side, just above. Can you see it?

Let's imagine that this cube contains just five drops of water.

Now, I've created another cube immediately below, which represents just one of those drops of water. You may not be able to see this cube:

If I've got my mathematics right, that's a 0.58 millimetre-sided cube, though it's difficult to get an accurate representation at normal screen resolutions.

Okay, fix this thought. That drop of water represents $1 US dollar.

So here's the question. If that one drop is $1 US dollar, what volume of water does $14 trillion dollars represent, the current 'debt ceiling' (i.e. soon-to-be current debt) of the US government?

The answer, according to Mogambo Guru, is 20 times the volume of all the fresh water in the Great Lakes. If you're struggling to figure that one out, it's the entire area of the continental United States covered in a depth of 50 metres of water.

Yes folks, one day SpongeBob really will be the President of the United States.

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