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Old 10-09-2008, 07:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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US debt clock runs out of digits

The most darkly amusing thing like it since gas stations needed to retool their signs:

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US debt clock runs out of digits


The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiralling figure.

The digital counter marks the national debt level, but when that passed the $10 trillion point last month, the sign could not display the full amount.

The board was erected to highlight the $2.7 trillion level of debt in 1989.

The clock's owners say two more zeros will be added, allowing the clock to record a quadrillion dollars of debt.

Douglas Durst, son of the late Seymour Durst - the clock's inventor - hopes to replace the Manhattan clock with its lengthier replacement early next year.

For the time being, the Times Square counter's electronic dollar sign has been replaced with the extra digit required.

For its part, the digital dollar symbol has been supplanted by a cheaper version - perhaps a sign of the times for the American economy.

Some economists believe the $700bn bail-out plan for ailing US financial institutions could send the national debt level to $11 trillion.
BBC NEWS | Business | US debt clock runs out of digits
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suppose it was inevitable.

It's a bit shocking to see the figure with "your family's share of the debt" sitting at $80,000.

That's a lot of money.
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Luckily we're still spending massive amounts of money every day in Iraq
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Luckily we're still spending massive amounts of money every day in Iraq

With the way things are going...
Maybe the two will even out some day.
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