How much is a quadrillion American dollars? Hint – that’s one thousand trillion. Okay, guess you still can’t tell how many zeros there are in a quadrillion, can you? It’s 1 followed by 15 zeros. That was the number of zeros when one person filed a claim against the U.S. federal government as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2008. To be exact, the claim was for $3,014,170,389,176,410 (over 3 quadrillion).
If you still aren’t sure how much money is 3 quadrillion, consider that there are only 300 million stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Perhaps this can help you – the entire GDP (gross domestic product) of the United States in 2012 was US$15.68 trillion. So, this person was literally asking for the country’s entire annual output to be turned over to him (or her) for a whopping 191 years and 3 months.
Still, if you think above was crazy, wait till you hear how much a New York man is suing the City of New York, airport Au Bon Pain restaurant, Carepoint Health, Hoboken University Medical Center, St. Luke’s Emergency Department and Kmart Store 7749, LaGuardia Airport Administration and a whole list of names. Anton Purisma, 62, is suing for US$2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Now, if you can tell me how much is that amount without using Google search, do yourself a favour by applying for a job in NASA. (*grin*). That’s 2 followed by 36 zeros. Let me save you the trouble of searching for the word – it’s 2 “Undecillion” dollars, or 2 “Sextillion” in European format. It is also known as 2 “Dodekillion” in Greek format.
Apparently, Mr Purisma’s middle finger (why it has to be this sensitive finger is beyond me *tongue-in-cheek*) was bitten, infected and bloodied by a “rabies-infected” dog on a city bus, before a “Chinese couple” taking unauthorized photos of him while he was being treated at a local hospital.
Anton, who’s representing himself (I suppose not a single lawyer is capable of such lawsuit), filed a hand-scribbled frivolous 22-page complaint that rambles on by accusing the defendants of everything from civil rights violations, discrimination on national origin, harassment, fraud, personal injury, conspiracy to defraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress to attempted murder.
Besides routinely overcharged for coffee at LaGuardia Airport, he also claims that what he suffered “cannot be repaired by money”, thus “priceless”. If he wins, he would be the richest man on the planet Earth, with nobody to rival him for a very very long time. But even if the Manhattan federal court decides to rule in his favour, which would be jaw dropping, there would be not enough money in this planet to pay him.
Using EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) model, a human life is worth about US$10 million. Multiply that with the present 7 billion population will not have enough to pay Mr Anton Purisma. Now, even if fast-food restaurants decide to employ and pay everyone on planet Earth US$100 an hour to work 24 hours, 365 days for 100 years without sleep, that wouldn’t be enough as well.
Practically, this New Yorker is suing everyone on Earth. Hmm, perhaps his craziness was indeed caused by the rabbies. I wonder how the court would handle this case. Let’s hope the judges would not be ROFL everytime this case is being mentioned. An out of court settlement for half the amount, maybe? Or perhaps a full amount of claim without the first digit of “2” (*grin*)?
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