Intergalactic Inflation

I’ve written about the sad story of Zimbabwean hyperinflation before. I always found the scale unimaginable, but this finding by Jason Kottke blows my mind.

The cumulative devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar was such that a stack of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (26 zeros) two dollar bills (if they were printed) in the peak hyperinflation would have be needed to equal in value what a single original Zimbabwe two-dollar bill of 1978 had been worth. Such a pile of bills literally would be light years high, stretching from the Earth to the Andromeda Galaxy.

The Andromeda Galaxy is far away …


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