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How to buy a vehicle in Zimbabwe

Here is a photograph of a Zimbabwean bank cheque somebody sent to me.

This person bought a farm vehicle for "One Quintrillion, Seventy Two Trillion Four Hundred and Eighteen Billion and Three Million" Zimbabwe dollars.

Or in numbers
Zim $ 1,072,418,003,000,000.00

Or for you scientists out there
Zim $ 1.072418 x 10E30

Just goes to show that everybody in Zimbabwe is suddenly a mathematician to keep up with their inflation rate.

Inflation is rising every 9 hours or so!

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous | July 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM |  

    they should convert their currency to Hex ;)


  2. Anonymous Anonymous | July 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM |  

    Hey - at the parallel rate on that date of 570 billion to one USD, that cheque is only worth USD 1 881 - bargain price for a farm vehicle!!

  3. Blogger GDI Lord | July 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM |  


    > bargain price for a farm vehicle!!
    Ja, but what fuel is it going to run off?

    I really feel sorry for the Zimbabwean people. An interesting question would be if one had absolute power in Zimbabwe, how would one go about fixing this mess?

  4. Blogger RexMan | July 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM |  

    According to the Zim reserve bank

    ZWD 63,761,761,010.94 per US$1

    That puts a tractor at $16,819.34 (which sounds a little low).

    I like to comment on hex!! HAHAHA!