Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Greatest Internet Post Today - Everything You Want to Know About Money

The always-excellent xkcd is generating a lot of buzz for this graphic today, and justifiably. They call this chart "Money - A chart of all of it, where it is, and what it can do." And they're not lying:

Click on image to go to HUGE, zoom-able version.

To quote Consumerist:
Huge and super-detailed, the graphic maps out where money is being made in the United States, where it goes, who's making it, and anything else you could ever think to investigate on the topic.
A one gallon loose jar of change? That'll usually end up being around $270, says xkcd's Money Chart. How's about the annual cost of rabbit ownership? You'd pay $730 for Peter Rabbit, as opposed to the $35 you'll shell out to own a fish.
Some other figures pulled from the chart include: Bruce Wayne's fictional salary ($6,500,000,000); annual charitable giving in the U.S. ($294,850,000,000); value of an original copy of the 1297 Magna Carta signed by Edward I ($83,710,000) and then there's the overall public debt owed by the U.S. ($10,200,000,000,000).
Other interesting numbers - the estimated cost of attending Hogwart's and the cost of the 1988 Presidential campaign.

The biggest number on the chart is the total estimated economic production of the human race thus far (3/5's of it since 1980) - $2,396,950,000,000,000, or $2.4 quadrillion dollars.

So, click on the image above to go to the HUGE, zoom-able, interactive version, and waste an hour being utterly fascinated. xkcd wins the Internet today; everyone else can go home and try again tomorrow.

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