HOWTO re-create the Scrooge McDuck "Gold Coin Swim"

At the Billfold today, a wonderful and mathematically precise post that explains exactly “how much money do I need to create giant floes of gold in a private vault and dive into it like Scrooge McDuck?” (thanks, Dean Putney!)


  1. Obviously fake math. So fake that at the end: ”
    Matt Powers is in his early twenties-ish. _He is also good at making up fake math._”

    Math is srs bsnss!

  2. Definitely read the comments section. 

    One person quotes the “Duck universe” article on wikipedia to establish the ACTUAL volume of the money bin.

    Another person quotes the specific quantity (some absurd Disney fake-number string) of dollars/coins that Scrooge has. 

    Multiple commenters correct (and snarkily chastise) the OPs very unprecise math.

  3. Would you settle for a golden shower?

    Note: You must click the link, not the image, to get to the correct time stamp.

    Thanks, Disqus, for forcibly embedding videos and then stripping out the time marker. You’re a real pal.

  4. As of Uncle Scrooge comic #15, in September 1956, his fortune totaled one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred and twenty-three dollars and sixty-two cents.

    Accounting for later profits and inflation… Ah, just do the math.

        1. Scrooge looks upset because he’s just heard he might be only the world’s second-richest duck, edged out by Flintheart Glomgold. It finally comes down to their respective giant balls of twine, which they unroll across the African plains… 

          Ah, just read the comic. It’s still only 10 cents (as of 9/56).

      1.  Right, just try pressing your hand into a jar of pennies. I would not be the first to try such a feat. I’d bet someone else that they could do it, first ;)

    1. … and at what point did he fail out of chemistry class in order not to realise that a cubic inch of gold is going to weigh a lot more than an ounce?

  5. No offense, but reading the rest (well a good portion) of the site, The Billfold, just makes me even more depress.

    Is this a good reflection of the daily fianances of typical Americans?

    1. I found the site and its articles to be very odd. Not sure who the audience is. But it does, actually, seem like a good reflection of the daily finances of typical Americans, sadly enough. 

      The worst part is when you realize that these apparently are people who feel compelled to write about personal finance, meaning there are huge numbers of people who are much worse than the people on that site with their money. There’s a weird acceptance and even pride in having poor financial habits on there.

      1.  This.

        I poked around and it looks like someone posting and reposting articles they found slightly amusing. It looks like it wants to be a serious site, but has no focus.

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