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Download the US Debt

The US invented downloading, suckers.
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Rather than saying to kids "Why the US national debt is 14 trillion dollars, of course", an electronic internet (which the US invented, by the way) connected hyper-text markup language page page is programmed where kids can download the national debt where 1 byte = 1 dollar.

On average in the US it would take only one second for a kid to download 10 million dollars! Holy Shit that's awesome. Imagine if somebody could download all that money so fast! I wonder how long they will be sitting there waiting for the US national debt to download?

leinypoo13, Feb 16 2011

and now they are out of digits!! http://en.wikipedia...National_Debt_Clock
[xandram, Feb 16 2011]

World Wide Web http://en.wikipedia...iki/Tim_Berners-Lee
invented by Tim Berners Lee [xenzag, Feb 16 2011]

Internet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darpanet
[MechE, Feb 16 2011]

Pretend everything was invented by someone French Pretend_20everythin..._20someone_20French
[hippo, Feb 17 2011]


       The world wide web was actually a British invention (see link)
xenzag, Feb 16 2011

       But the internet pretty much was the US (see link).
MechE, Feb 16 2011

       But the internet without the web would be like... well, like the internet without computers (another English invention).
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 16 2011

       Actually, this idea could be worked up into something good. Some sort of Interweb application whereby people could actually pay off very tiny amounts of national debts would probably work. At any one time, over 3% of people are drunk.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 16 2011

       And they seem to show up disproportionately here...   

       Everyone at the bakery should know that the internet was invented by Jean Gabeult Eunterneauxlt. And that it was re-invented by Al Gore.
RayfordSteele, Feb 17 2011

       Not sure how big the internet is these days, or the US national debt - but I was recently impressed to discover that a simple text-file containing the first billion (1,010,001,523 to be precise - approx 1 milliard) primes took up over 10GB. I forget, but isn't the US National debt in Trillions? At one byte per dollar, that's a whole Terabyte per Trillion Dollars - each of which is likely to take a good few more than 10 minutes to download.   

       Also, Electricity was invented by the English, without which there would be no computers. Except that there would, because the English invented Steam-powered computers as well.
zen_tom, Feb 17 2011

       //Pretend everything was invented by someone French//   

       Ah yes, the French. Since France was discovered and settled by the English, I think we can claim that one.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 17 2011

       I think we can also claim to have invented the US National Debt, at least in part. English insurance companies, to a large extent, picked up the bill for the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. As a consequence, the Bank of England jacked up the interest rates and started sucking money out of the US. This helped to speed along the US banking crisis in 1907 which eventually led to the creation of the Federal Reserve and hence the US national debt. Hoorah for us!
DrBob, Feb 17 2011

       [-] for turning children into alcoholics when they realize that their parents' generation f-ed everything up and they can't do anything about it.
DIYMatt, Feb 17 2011

       Girolamo must've been one of those English names that fell out of favor, MB.
RayfordSteele, Feb 17 2011

       [+] for turning children into alcoholics when they realize that their parents' generation f-ed everything up and they can't do anything about it.
Voice, Feb 17 2011

       America should announce its new foreign currency as 50 cal rounds, trillions of which to be paid out post haste.
rcarty, Feb 17 2011

       Hang on. If the US National Debt is 14 trillion dollars, and there are six billion of us, that means that I'm owed $2333.33 by Obama.   

       So, how about this as a scheme? The debt is presumably owed to nations (outside the US). Re-draft a few things so that it is restructured as a personal debt of $2333.33 to each man, woman and child (outside the US). Give people a reasonable time (say, five years) in which to claim it, before the debt is written off under the laws of flagrante corpus piscorum.   

       Now, the better sort of person will not hound that nice President for such a small amount while he's got so many things to do. Many more people simply won't be able to get through to the White House because the phones will be overloaded. Yet more people just won't have a clue. Some will simply forget to cash the cheque when it arrives. Others will be too young to have a bank account.   

       So, I reckon Mr. O could quite easily pay off all the individual requests that get through in the five-year time frame, and still have change out of a couple of trillion.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 17 2011

       flagrante corpus piscorum - Obviously the body should go fishing?
MechE, Feb 17 2011


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