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    Marika Dobbin / October 1, 2008 - 8:38AM

    Russell Crowe was lauded for playing a maths genius in A Beautiful Mind but he may have to go back to primary school after a $US300 trillion miscalculation.

    Crowe announced his solution to America's financial crisis during a TV interview with talkshow host Jay Leno on Monday night, based on some dodgy arithmetic.

    The would-be financial whiz-kid suggested the US government give America's entire population of 300 million people a gift of $US1 million ($1.26 million) each.

    He reasoned the $US300 million outlay would only be a fraction of the $US700 billion financial bailout package politicians in Washington DC rejected yesterday.

    "I have been intently watching the political process,'' Crowe told Leno.
    "Um, so, here's the thing: They're looking for $700 billion, right? Which is a good chunk of change, but have you noticed whenever you go to a bank, or whenever you talk to a government department about what you need, they'll never actually give you all of what you need? So, I don't think we should do that for a start.

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    I can actually understand his position. New Zealand didn't switch to the short scale system until the late 70s (IIRC) and used the long scale before that.

    So if someone didn't know that short scale is commonly used in the United States, he might make such a simple mistake.

    On the other hand, he might just be an idiot.
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    On the other hand, he might just be an idiot.
    Biccat gets a cookie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    Biccat gets a cookie.
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    That's perfect! :p
    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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