October 10, 2002

International Powers of Ten Day

Today is International Powers of Ten Day, fitting enough for 10/10/02. Larry pointed it out to me and also got into the spirit of things as only he can.

Here's a fun fact about the number one billion, which is 10 to the ninth power. Imagine you were given one billion dollars on the day you were born. Suppose you knew that you were going to live to be exactly 100 years old. How much money could you spend every single day of your life and not run out until the day you died? Answer below under the "More" link.

You could spend $27,758 every day for 100 years and still have a bit of spare change left over at the end. Nice work if you can get it, eh?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 10, 2002 to Technology, science, and mathComments