Apple's Cash Reserves Would Fill 50 Olympic Swimming Pools With Dollar Bills, Y'all

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Just one little note about Apple's current financial position: They've got $110 billion in cash reserves. How much is that? They could fill 50 (FIFTY!) Olympic-sized swimming pools with dollar bills. Here, let Reuters show you how big one of those is:

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Can't you just see Tim Cook breaststroking through cashmoney? I can.

If you're curious about the calculation, it's actually pretty simple. A dollar bill (according to Wolfram Alpha) has a volume of 0.06943 cubic inches. An Olympic-sized swimming pool has a volume of 152,064,000 cubic inches. Divide the pool by the money and you come up with 2,190,177,157 bills needed to fill a swimming pool. Take Apple's cash position -- roughly $110 billion -- and divide by that number of bills and voila, you get 50.22 pools.
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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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