Thursday, August 21, 2008

Set up a century of Bush voters vs. Axis of Evil in World of Warcraft

For the price of the Iraq War, we could've let all 2004 Bush voters and everyone 15 or over in the 'Axis of Evil' play World of Warcraft together for a century.  

62,040,610 Americans voted for George W. Bush in 2004.  About 16.2 million residents of Iraq, 51.2 million residents of Iran, and 17.9 million residents of North Korea are at least 15 years old.  This adds up to 147.3 million players.  At $40 every two years for a startup or expansion disk and $15 per month, they could play for a century for $2.95 trillion, which is less than Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes' estimate of $3 trillion for the cost of the Iraq War.


corvus said...

Dude, Neil, these just keep getting better. I especially like the creativeness of this one. They work better when they feel like some research had to be done before putting them up, like you have to look up the numbers.

Did you pick the age of 15 because that's how old you have to be to play world of warcraft, or because that's how low you could go and keep under the 3 trillion line?

Neil Sinhababu said...

Thanks, Corvus! Actually, I picked 15 because the demographic data I could find divided the Iranian, Iraqi, and NK population into three age groups: 0-14, 15-64, and 65+.