Monday, September 28, 2009

[think big] but don't hold your breath


A man who doesn't do things by halves:

Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America's customer service - really, really unhappy. Chiscolm in August sued the largest US bank and its board, demanding that "1,784 billion, trillion dollars" be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $US200,164,000, court papers show.

Attempts to reach Chiscolm were unsuccessful. A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment.

"Incomprehensible," US District Judge Denny Chin said in a brief order released in Manhattan federal court. "He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the bank in New York and received inconsistent information from a 'Spanish woman,'" the judge wrote. "He apparently alleges that checks have been rejected because of incomplete routing numbers."

Would you be able to write that amount in numeral form?

4 comments:

Steve Hayes said...

Write it in numeral form?

That's like asking "How long is a piece of string?".

Billion means "a lot", and trillion means "a hell of a lot".

One man's billion is another man's trillion.

Unless you specify what kind of billion or trillion you are talking about, you can't convert them into numerals.

Billion can mean 10^9 or 10^12, trillion can mean 10^12 or 10^15.

Your m.p.g. (millilitres per gallon) may vary.

James Higham said...

Steve, how do litres per gallon vary? American v Imperial?

Lord T said...

Its US so the US metrics apply. That still makesit a lot of money.

Lord Nazh said...

1000000000000000000000 or 10^20

Steve: wouldn't billion be 10^8 (since 1^9 is one billion :)