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Old 05-12-2011, 04:34 PM
enalzi enalzi is offline
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All this talk about giants and beans and no mention of the economic impact of a magical hen that can lay golden eggs? Now I've done the math, and a large egg made solid gold weighs about 900 grams. In some stories, the hen can lay eggs on command, but lets just assume Jack has the hen lay an egg once a day. Over the course of a year, that 328.5 kg of gold. That's a metric ton every three years.

This means that, going by 1800's gold prices, Jack floods the market with over $200000 worth of gold every year. The influx of gold lowers its price and crashes the market.

That's right, Jack and Beanstalk caused the Great Depression.