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The MegaPenny Project (Or: Putting $2.4 Trillion in Perspective)

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As part of "The Most" segment today, we talk about this USA Today article which reports, "The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could total $2.4 trillion through the next decade, or nearly $8,000 per man, woman and child in the country, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate scheduled for release Wednesday."

So how do you wrap your brain around $2.4 trillion? Mike Pesca explains that if you add all the rich folks in the Forbes 400 together, they don't have $2.4 trillion.

I'll go a different route. If you take $2.4 trillion in pennies, you can fill the Empire State Building 132 TIMES. How do I know this? I found a website called the MegaPenny Project, which calculates how many pennies it would take to fill various large structures. (I also used the site to calculate that $2.4 trillion in pennies would weigh 7.5 billion tons, and if stacked, would cover more than two round trips between the earth and the sun.)

Thanks to the MegaPenny Project. You remind us why the Internet exists.

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