In Danieru's recent post
, we learnt that 8 billion
dollars were spent on some kind of "Large Hard-on Collider" machine.
We also learnt, thanks to me, that for a wedge that big you could have bought 1.6 million
Reebok Pump 2.0 trainers. Let me put that in perspective: that's enough to give one Reebok Pump 2.0 trainer to every four Ethiopians
who receive international aid in a given year. That's a one-in-four chance of a comfortable foot, or, if you like, a one-in-sixteen chance of two
comfortable feet. And that's in addition to the food.
Imagine saying to a hungry young girl with a new trainer, "Excuse me, young lady, but how about you and everyone you know give up
your freshly airdropped Reebok Pump 2.0s and, in return, you can all - all 1.6 million of you - share one
Hardon Collider? How does that sound to you? Did I mention that it's a Large
I think we all know what we would choose.
Anyway, what else could you get for $8,000,000,000? What would you like
to get? What use of that money would, in your eyes, constitute a noble expenditure
? What might be acheived with your purchase?