It was reported during the week that a Mr Reynolds, from Pennsylvania, was credited with $92,233,720,368,547,800? (£60 quadrillion) in his Paypal account. What had he been selling
Mr Reynolds said the balance of funds came as “quite a big surprise”. For the briefest of instants he was the richest and most powerful person on the planet.
Well, for a start, you’d have trouble trying to make a dent in the capital figure as the interest would be flying in at around $2 billion a second. That is, if you could deposit the cash in the first place. It would currently take four generations of family to bank the money, it could have been three but the bank clerk lost count and had to start again. Then there’s storage, the bank would need an army of people (larger than any current national force) to stack your cash, in a vault the equivalent of ten football stadiums in size. Coincidentally, if the cash was stacked vertically, in one big stack of $100 bills and you jumped off the top as a newborn baby, you would have to live to 104 years of age in order to land on solid ground.
But let’s assume the money’s in the bank, safe and sound. Let’s start spending:
There would be no point in buying the usual fast cars, flashy jewellery and luxury homes, that’s the sort of cheap attitude to money that billionaires have. No, as a quadrillionaire you should aim for the impossible dreams: eternal youth; peace, love and happiness throughout the world; contacting alien life; or, you could play the lottery, buying tickets of every single possible combination of numbers – you’d be a guaranteed winner. Every time. You wouldn’t need Lady Luck, you would need a lot of ballpoint pens though.
But would you be happy?
The short answer – No.
Mr Reynolds wasn’t happy. His account went back to zero. They took the money back.
I’m sure he’s happier now.
In the meantime, has anyone got any good lottery numbers?
1st and 3rd sentence Source: BBC News
The factual mathematics of this article relies heavily on the use of imaginary numbers
(i.e. mostly made up in my head)
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