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a clock in New York city that displays the current level of national debt in the US. the clock recently past 10 trillion dollar & so the display ran out of numbers. the dollar sign now has been repurposed to represent the 10 trillions while a new display is being built.

according to Associated Press, the clock was put up in 1989 when the U.S. government's debt was a mere $2.7 trillion, & was even turned off during the 1990s when the debt decreased (as it was unable to properly display a sinking number).

[links: wikipedia.org & brillig.com|via cnn.com & gizmodo.com & youtube.com]


images from redken & Madden1 at Flickr.



The way things are going, they better build a clock with a lot more digit space...

Tue 14 Oct 2008 at 3:50 AM

this is really bad news. im only 14 and i have to do a speech on it for debate class. it's pretty sad how our country could have gotten like this

Fri 14 Nov 2008 at 1:11 AM
Michelle Ham

I am 15 and this country is so much in debt that i don't even know what to think anymore maybe obama will help but i doubt it. I wish Bush wouldn't have done all this we will probably never get out of debt.

Fri 14 Nov 2008 at 10:27 AM
Cassie Bacon

It's not just financial policy that needs to be changed in this country, its the paradigm. If our minds change, the country can change... I just hope it's not too late...

Sat 06 Dec 2008 at 10:09 AM


Mon 12 Jan 2009 at 6:55 PM
david rogerz

This National Debt Clock never runs out of digits!

Sat 24 Jan 2009 at 3:08 AM

FYI: The US National Debt increased every single year even in the 1990s.

Thu 11 Jun 2009 at 7:03 AM

I personally think that the biggest problem in regards to financial problems is deeper than what appears the surface. I feel as though the problem is actually as much emotional as it is monetary. Where there is overspending, not only is there a financial gap, but an emotional one as well that needs to be addressed Something to think about anyway

Sun 03 Oct 2010 at 6:28 AM
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