And the UK is worth....

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by orangedv, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. orangedv macrumors member

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    Apparently some people who are good at adding things up have worked out that the UK, yes that lump of green off the coast of Europe is worth £5 trillion.
    Link; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3354649.stm. That on its own is nothing to raise an eyebrow over; but what they worked out next makes it worth reading. If the Queen were to cash it all in, she could with £5 trillion buy......

    199 million David Beckhams

    92,000 International Space Stations

    or maybe if planes are your thing either 41.5 million Boeing 747s, 906 million Lear jets or even 8.8 million B-2 Stealth bombers.

    Or what about my personal favourite; 2,516 trillion pints of beer !!

    My question; How many G5's would this net, or Ipods, or Apple inc's?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Fixed link ;)
    meh, I knew I was a valuable asset, why won’t my boss believe me?

    (current rate of exchange that's $150,000 per person, $8,854,008,580,825 total value :D £ > $ :p)

    edit: oh, and btw, I make that 2,174,858,634 dual 2GHz G5's (stock) :drool: V Tech Cluster rev 2?
     
  3. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    but how many zeros in a trillion??? i always thought an english billion (1,000,000,000,000 or a million million) is different from an american one (1,000,000,000 - a thousand million). so does that apply to a trillion too????? but by that rule the article is 5 billion if you count the zeros. is an english billion now an american billion?
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    er...:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

    As I see it...

    1m - 1,000,000
    1b - 1,000,000,000
    1t - 1,000,000,000,000
    5t - 5,000,000,000,000

    which makes my last post wrong *goes off and edits above post* :rolleyes:

    edit: done ;)
     
  5. orangedv thread starter macrumors member

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    whats a billion?

    I have a feeling that there is some sort of international standard for billions, so that the world's bank dudes and scientists dont get thier calculators in a twist when they talk to each other.

    Imagine the scenario; Nasa, can you guys tell us where that damn frisbee of yours is on mars so we can find it for you? Yes, its 5 b meters south of that big mountain.....
     
  6. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    orangedv -- You bring up how ___ somehing is... problem being ...
    meters is a standard measurement, money can only be compared to other money, products or services.

    Based on Trade. Money is a number. Money can be $1 = Apple PowerMac
    Or Apple PowerMac = $2131923123




    BTW... somehow you copied the 'amount' wrong...
    orangedv you underestimate the cost of a space station?

    I mean 92,000 :eek:
     
  7. caveman_uk Guest

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    The British billion was indeed a million million but it seems to have changed to the thousand million - at least in popular usage. So basically we've adopted the US version...
     
  8. kettle macrumors 65816

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    let's pretend

    I would have been suprised if the US didn't move the goal posts, I imagine it was something like...

    How much more do we need to get to 1 Billion?... How MUCH?!... How much can we have by lunch time?... oh okay.... so one thousand million is a lot too, but just doesn't sound as good as 1 billion?... hmm....
     
  9. orangedv thread starter macrumors member

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    They changed the amounts!!

    I think the bean counters made some big boo boo's. My list above was not a copy, it was a cut and paste from the web page. The web link has now changed to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3354649.stm and the figures have changed too.

    Now £5 trillion gets you just;
    6,200 Millennium Domes
    199,000 David Beckhams
    11,000 Queen Mary 2 cruise ships
    92 International Space Stations
    8,800 B-2 Stealth bombers
    906,000 Lear jets
    41,500 Boeing 747s
    2,516 trillion pints of bitter

    The Beckham and beer figures are the same, but the rest have changed. Maybe that's a sign of what's on the accountants minds?
     
  10. kettle macrumors 65816

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    hmm

    Does that include discount for bulk purchases?

    didn't fink so
     
  11. orangedv thread starter macrumors member

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    92 space stations

    And another thing, anyone actually taken a long hard look at that station? Strip away the beam and the solar panels and what is it? Half a dozen bean cans is all I can see. Made from what, maybe aluminium and titanium? The sooner government space agencies are replaced with private companies the better for the world's tax payers. Thats what I think anyway.
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    lol, yeah, for 5 trillion quid I'd wat a damn sight more that 92 **** space stations FFS, we are talking 5 trillion here after all!
     

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