Sunday, July 3, 2011

Picture $84 Million

"Philippe P. Dauman, the chief executive of Viacom made $84.5 million in 2010, after signing a new long-term contract that included one-time stock awards." NY Times

On Facebook, someone said "I am trying to picture the 'mass' or 'size' of $84.5 million, in $1 bills

OK, here we go: A dollar bill is 0.0043" thick, and measures 2.61" x 6.1"

A stack of 84.5 million one dollar bills would be 363,350 inches high (new dollar bills from the mint)

That equals 30,279 feet which is 5.73 miles high.

Commercial long haul jets fly at 30,000 to 40,000 feet.

One flying at "only" 30,000 would hit the top of that pile, cutting off 279 feet, costing him $5,407 dollars!


My F150 standard cab "short bed" pickup bed is 6'5" x 5'2" x 1'8"

Ignoring the wheel wheels inside the bed, it would take 60 pickup trucks to haul around his 84,500,000 one dollar bills.

That line of trucks, bumper to bumper, would be 1,072 feet long; "only" about 3 1/2 football fields.

Now, when they're following him at 60 mph with the recommended 6 vehicle lengths between, his money parade will "only" stretch out 1.42 miles long.


Laid end to end $84.5 million in dollar bills = 824 miles, stretching from New York City, past Chicago, and ending up in Leland Grove ILL, just past Springfield, ILL.

Or.... If you want to head south, those dollar bills won't quite reach Jacksonville FLA

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