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!)

21 Responses to “HOWTO re-create the Scrooge McDuck "Gold Coin Swim"”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    I can’t say whether or not it’s mathematically precise, but gold isn’t the rarest metal:

    http://www.curiousnotions.com/home/metals.asp

  2. 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!

  3. aaronmhill says:

    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.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    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.

  5. woid says:

    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.

    • woid says:

      Documentary proof!

      • Dean Putney says:

        Now THIS is the type of investigative journalism I’ve come to expect from our commenters!

        • woid says:

          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).

  6. pjcamp says:

    You can’t dive into gold. You can only dive onto it and bust your ass.

  7. Leo Cortens says:

    That integral makes me cringe it’s so wrong.  Cubing the area? What?

    • Joel Phillips says:

      … 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?

  8. cservant says:

    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?

    • penguinchris says:

      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.

      • Tom says:

         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.

  9. bagoombah says:

    Peter Griffin’s analysis of this concept was the most accurate I’ve seen so far, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMyk7MXsseg (Not Safe for Toons)

  10. ambiguator says:

    I stopped reading at “Given that 1 ounce of gold is roughly $5.00″

  11. Ant says:

    Swimming in solid hurts. ;)

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