Homeless dude, with hobby of outrageous and frivolous lawsuits, is bitten by dog he claims is rabid, gets (seemingly minor) wound on finger, but has part of finger amputated (or so the article says, or so he says, or whatever). Dude sues New York City, three hospitals or other medical facilities, K-Mart, an unnamed “Chinese couple” for taking a picture of him, the alleged dog owner, with a local bakery thrown in for good measure for allegedly having lousy croissants. Suit demands 2 undecillion dollars, or $2 * 10[sup]36[/sup] which, absent any additional complications, should cover his medical bills.
Just how much is 2 undecillion? Article points out, this is more than there are dollars in the world. I’m thinking, it’s also rather more than the estimated number of protons in the universe. Question for better mathematicians/physicists than myself: Is that right?
Does his suit have a leg to stand on? Consider: If that dog was really rabid, then why is he still alive? Did he get the nasty series of rabies shots? If he’s still alive, could that be considered evidence that the dog probably wasn’t all that rabid?
$2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. As of 2008 the value of the worlds assets was around 167 trillion. If I’ve done it right…that lawsuit accounts for 22 times the value of all financial assets.
Have the world’s liquor stores agree to set the price for Wild Turkey at $1 undecillion. (Don’t worry, there would be no money to pay anyone to enforce anti-trust laws.) They could agree to split the profits on any sales. In no time, the money would be redistributed and the economy would slowly start humming again.
Will SD be awarding a Vashbul Memorial Economics Prize?
2 undecillion divided by 167 trillion came back as 1.1976048e+22 which looks to be 11,976,048,000,000,000,000,000. (little under 12 sextillion) I knew I screwed up something. I really need to learn to think in scientific notation.
Yay! I calculated back (and still may have it wrong) as to just how much that is. It may be off, but I came up with…he’s asking for the equivalent of 27000x the worlds assets per second, since the beginning of the universe.
If the entire mass of the solar system was made of 24K gold and could be sold at the current price, it would be a few thousandths of the amount of the lawsuit. 1 Solar system worth of gold= $8.2910^34. Lawsuit= $2.0010^37. This assumes a gold value of $1295.90/ Oz.