MSU Today: MSU Scholars trip over TWENTY-ONE TRILLION DOLLARS gone missing through untracked "overbudget spending" at the Department of Defence and Department of Urban Development for the period 1998-2015
Oh and the DoD is now going to undertake it's first-ever
external financial audit as a result. TWENTY-ONE TRILLION DOLLARS
WHAT THE FUCK
I mean... never mind the sheer size of the number, that's also 54000% over budget
. I can understand bureaucrats who overspend their budget to make sure it's increased next year, but... not by a factor of FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY
Anyway my apoplexy aside, no idea if this is just going to be a case of bad math or what the hell's going on. Perhaps we're about to find out where all the money in the world went to. Or not. That article explains their methodology as “find documents that say a number, then add all those numbers together.”, so who the hell knows.
Anyway, all I can think of is the scene from The Last Boy Scout (dating myself here) where Noble Willingham's character is in a swimming pool monologuing to Bruce Willis and goes "A Billion Dollars! That's niiiinnne Zeeroes, boy!"
Well, a trillion is twelve. I suppose twenty-one trillion is technically thirteen.