Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Envisioning waste

What does it mean to 'waste' a million dollars?

A million dollars really isn't that much money so to waste it isn't a big deal, right?  Well it depends on how you think about it.  Imagine if you hired a person and paid them $40 an hour.  Their sole job responsibility would be four times an hour to take a crisp 20 dollar bill, cut it into small pieces and flush it down the toilet.  If they were paid to do that 24 hours a day, 365 days a year the combination of their wages and the flushing would equal roughly $1 million dollars.

Feels a little different now, doesn't it?

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