Friday, October 16, 2009

Astronomical and economical numbers

There are 10^{11} stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.

Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988)
Well, it's actually 14.2 times lower than the U.S. budget deficit. At USD 1.42 trillion, the fiscal 2009 deficit represents 10% of the American GDP and triples the previous record - from the previous year.

The Milky Way must feel kind of ashamed. ;-) On the other hand, San Francisco held an anti-Obama protest.

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