Samsung’s Thirty Trucks of Nickels

Stop me if you’ve heard this one – it’s a very popular meme right now.

Supposedly, law experts have confirmed that if court documents do not specify how a company is to pay a judgement they can pay in whatever denomination they’d like as long as it is paid off in the currency that is stated in the judgement. So, Samsung allegedly paid Apple all $1 billion in US nickels. Thirty trucks full, according to the original story.

Impossible; because math is our friend.

There are 20 nickels in a dollar – which means there are 20,000,000,000 nickels in $1 Billion dollars. There aren’t even that many nickels ever minted! But let’s continue… just for fun.

One single nickel weighs 4.5 grams (.0099 lbs). That means $1 Billion worth of nickels would weigh roughly 198,000,000 pounds (99,000 tons). Divided equally among the 30 trucks equals 3,300 tons per truck. The largest Class 8 trucks can only haul 16.5 tons. Had Samsung really wanted to do this (and had their even been enough nickels in the world) they would have needed 6,000 of the largest trucks available.

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