Wednesday 19 October 2011

Something a Bit Silly!

I don't care if this is true or not, it's an entertaining thought! 
If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have £49.00 today. 

If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have £33.00 today.

If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have £0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased £1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminium cans for recycling refund, you would have received a £214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

A recent study found that the average Briton walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found that Britons drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Britons get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Makes you proud to be British, doesn't it?

(thanks to Howard Winn for emailing this to me)


David Shire said...

This is what the World Bank has yet to understand

The Beer Nut said...

And, of course, Snopes has the history of this particular meme up to 2008.

Anonymous said...

Your maths are off in the second case - the average briton may walk 900 miles, but she doesn't drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year surely - that's about 12 pints of beer a day?

Melissa Cole said...

Really? Jesus, I give up sometimes, there is no joy left in the world!

Mike Reinitz said...

That math seems fine to me. 22 gallons per year is reasonable. There's 8 pints in a gallon, so that's 8 * 22 = 176 pints per year. That comes out to less than half a pint a day.

Aubrey Welch said...

Excellent...that's they kind of blog which makes blogging worthwhile!

Fishter said...

Both of the maths calculations are "right". Anonymous assumed it was pure alcohol (so divide by the ABV to get pints of beer).
Mike assumed it was beer.

Pedantry aside - it was something a bit silly, and I enjoyed it.

Melissa Cole said...

Thanks @Fishter and @MikeReinitz - I am a mathematical moron and given that it was just a post of a joke I was sent I was incredibly depressed at the truly joyless response!

But it's good to know it's both funny and plausible - that cheers me up again! : )