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chornedsnorkack
28th Sep 2005, 15:51
It ran through the news (Guardian, I think) that some fortune-seekers are claiming to have found a treasure on the Robinson Crusoe Island. Allegedly worth 10 milliards of dollars, packed in 600 barrels.

Imagine that...

As gold is roughly 10 dollars per gram (someone would know better), this means about 1000 tonnes.

How many payloads of a sailing ship did it take to move the gold there?

Is there any airfield on the island, and can it be used by a plane with range to anywhere else?

If you got the gold hauled to Mataveri or Santiago or somewhere else capable of receiving a 747-400F, 8 planes would be required to lift it off. But 140 tons of gold is barely 7 cubic metres - if you piled it as bars in a corner, you could have a stack 10 feet high (the height of 747F ceiling) and barely 5 feet square. And 140 tons on 5 feet square would probably collapse the floor, and perhaps much more, so be careful to divide the weight somehow!

1000 tons is also about the yearly world production of gold.

What would you do with $ 10 milliards,, and what would you spend it on?

How much of it would be spent on airplane tickets, how much on airplanes? Which ones?

Would you build new airports?

Would you order an airplane manufacturer to design and develop a new airplane type to your specifications?

Also, how about travelling with your gold... 20 kg of gold specie or bullion (about what you can put in checked luggage) is about $ 200 000. 10 kg - approximately $ 100 000 - can be in a 10 kg cabin luggage allowance. It would also be metal, and set off metal detectors.

Does SAA sell tickets for rands, and about how many pounds of gold does their first class ticket cost?

Tolsti
28th Sep 2005, 15:57
sounds like the ideal scenario for another 419 scam for the Boys from Nigeria

SLFguy
28th Sep 2005, 16:00
I fink your calculator is farked... :(


edited to say.. er...it might not be..:uhoh:

Blacksheep
29th Sep 2005, 01:46
If I found such a hord, I'd buy the means to defend the island against anything less than a US battle group on the Russian black market, declare independence and then let the fuss die down while I lay on my own beach on my very own politics-free island.

Some dick-head right-wing extremist world leader would probably turn up with a coalition and a UN security council resolution to spoil the fun though.

TheFlyingSquirrel
29th Sep 2005, 01:50
Had a once in a lifetime chance to visit Robert Louis Stevenson's museum at Apia, Western Samoa - you know, I never got around to it - too busy snorkling and drinking and eating Polynesian fare !

pigboat
29th Sep 2005, 02:10
Never mind Robinson Crusoe Island, this one's (www.oakislandtreasure.co.uk/) closer to home. :D

tinpis
29th Sep 2005, 03:36
Methinks the whole story is a load of horsehttp://www.augk18.dsl.pipex.com/Smileys/horsepooping.gif