Friday, June 26, 2009
Ten Trillion Cheerios
Over his morning bowl of Cheerios, Bob remembered the US government has exceeded a debt of ten trillion dollars. He gazed momentarily at his Cheerios and wondered how high ten trillion Cheerios would stack. He also thought about the morning after this breakfast is for.
The box of Cheerios had probably contained a little over 5200 Cheerios. 5000 Cheerios (the contents of one box, minus those already in the bowl) were measured, with a mean thickness of 0.183" per Cheerio.
A little bit of arithmetic later and Bob found that 10,000,000,000,000 Cheerios would stack about 28,882,575.76 miles high. That's more than all the way between the orbits of Earth and Venus.
Isn't using Cheerios to make this comparison a little humdrum? But you see, the FDA may regulate Cheerios as a drug.
The FDA says Cheerios advertising makes "unauthorized health claims" Cheerios "may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application." The heretofore unrecognized threat in the breakfast bowl may spur "enforcement action [which] may include seizure of violative (sic) products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products."
The FDA is a Big Government agency gone ape. This our future. We are in a world of hurt.