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Smart people of Fluther; solve this, if you can (details inside)?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (22087 points ) May 27th, 2014

You have an extended cargo van with 670 cu/ft. If you filled the interior with bricks of $1,000 dollars composed of $100 dollar bills side to side and end on end without any gaps, how much cash would the van hold? No, the person that guesses correct will not be awarded the money; it is not one of those “guess the gumball contest”. OK, let me see who is smart enough to figure it out.

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Seek's avatar

According to Lord Google, a dollar bill is .0043 inches thick.

(ten 100 dollar bills is hardly a “brick”)

Seek's avatar

Also: The dimensions of the van are necessary. Cubic footage is not enough information.

ragingloli's avatar

1. Cars are build with tolerances and inaccuracies. The stated volume is therefore only an approximation.
2. The same is true for paper money.
3. It is therefore impossible to calculate the exact number of bills that could fit inside the van.
4. imperial units are invalid.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

~ $643,200,000 +/- a $1,000,000 or two. (you can always stuff 30 pounds of crap in a 20 pound poke)

Symbeline's avatar

how much cash would the van hold?

A hell of a lot. And that’s as smart as I get.

Pandora's avatar

Send me that cargo van and I will let you know exactly how many bills it holds. Then I will let you know how many I could fit in my bank account. :)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

FYI, that van will haul a trailer… just sayin.

Seek's avatar

Bank account?

I’ll tell you how smart I am from my farm. In New Zealand. Where that money will be hiding tax-free somewhere beneath the cow pasture.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Why do you think smart people are waiting around to do tricks to show off?

Do you mean “Smart people of Fluther with a need to prove themselves?”

PhiNotPi's avatar

Volume of the truck: 18972287.2 cubic centimeters
Volume of a dollar bill: 6.6294 * 15.5956 * 0.010922 = 1.12921979833 cubic centimeters

18972287.2 / 1.12921979833 = 16801235.0014

Multiplying by 100 and rounding to 3 significant figures gives $1680000000 in cash. If the band is considered to have the same volume as a dollar bill, then the answer is closer to $1530000000.

How accurate are these numbers? Probably horrendously inaccurate, but they are the right order of magnitude. You could fit at least $1 billion.

Crazydawg's avatar

$18,972,379,682,000.00 minus a few in have stuffed in my pockets.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Wouldn’t the stacks vary in thickness depending on the condition of the bills? Of course we might subject the stacks to pressure (a vice) prior to packing the van.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I think a “brick would actually be 100 bills or $10,000. Let’s assume they’re brand new, wrapped from the federal reserve. Anyone know the thickness of the bricks ?

Seek's avatar

100 bills that are .0043 inches thick would be .43 inches thick. So over $20,000 per inch, if we’re stocking the van with Benjamins.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Would exceed van’s GVWR.

flutherother's avatar

A billion dollars seems a lot of money but it would keep the American military going for just 12 hours.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@stanleybmanly A stack of $20,000 in $20 bills comes from the federal reserve in about an eight inch high stack if that helps you out.

jerv's avatar

Enough to draw unwanted attention :p

And do unkind things to the suspension and frame, so there’s no outrunning the mob of looters.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

If you take all if the seats out of the van leaving the driver’s seat you’ll get two pallets in the back and about half of one in the passenger side practically speaking. Which is around $250,000,000. Start filling in all the spaces and remove the wood pallets you’ll reasonably get ~ .65 billion. A 15 passenger van will have a payload capacity of around 4,000–4,500 pounds. So you’ll practically get two pallets and it still be driveable. Looks like the actual number is right at $200,000,000

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@PhiNotPi Multiplying by 100 and rounding to 3 significant figures gives $1680000000 in cash.
I like your accounting better than @ARE_you_kidding_me; way more money. However, @Crazydawg and $18,972,379,682,000.00 seem like even more money…..so…..

@SecondHandStoke Would exceed van’s GVWR.
Let the wheels go flat or the wheel barring fail, it is not like the money will be driven around. LOL

@ARE_you_kidding_me If you take all if the seats out of the van leaving the driver’s seat you’ll get two pallets in the back and about half of one in the passenger side practically speaking. Which is around $250,000,000.
If the only seats are the driver’s and passenger seat, the rest of the back is all cargo space of an average height cargo van it won’t hold a billion dollars? That sucks….so far I still like @Crazydawg calculations better.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

You still need to get away so the van will have to be driveable. Gotta be under the max load the vehicle can handle. So what is the real answer?

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