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双语阅读:假如你能做五小时的亿万富翁

双语阅读:假如你能做五小时的亿万富翁

分类:实用英语   更新:2010/4/8   来源:网络

双语阅读:假如你能做五小时的亿万富翁

    当保罗?费舍尔(Paul Fischer)周五晚查询银行帐户余额时,他遇到了一个惊喜:他的帐户余额一下子变成了88,888,888,888.88美元。这确实是一个非常吉利的数字,而且是将近890亿美元。
    当然,这是SunTrust Bank的一个技术性失误造成的,银行很快就改正了错误。其他人的帐户也可能发生过类似的事。
    费舍尔说,你说说看,880亿美元,我能用这笔钱干点什么呢?他有佛罗里达主题公园的珠宝特许经销权。他说,或许有几个我们这样的人,就能让 SunTrust Bank倾覆。
    费舍尔还有其他的想法。在错误改正之前,他问SunTrust的一名业务代表,在这笔钱被银行追回之前,他是否可以把它转到一个生息帐户,把利息捐给慈善机构。总利息将有730多万美元。
    银行说,不可以。本文来源:考试大网
    周六早晨之前,这笔钱就从他的帐户中消失了。
    他说,都没了,我又变穷了,我当了五个小时的亿万富翁。
    这类银行失误经常发生。不过费舍尔提出了一个有趣的问题:如果你真的拥有890亿美元达五个小时,你会怎么办?
    你会拿这笔钱做什么?规则是,五个小时之后,你必须把钱退回去──无论你用这笔钱买了什么或投资了什么项目,你也都必须退回去。
    When Paul Fischer checked his bank account Friday night, he had a happy surprise. His balance had exploded to $88,888,888,888.88. A very lucky number indeed, and close to $89 billion。
    Of course, the balance was a technical error by SunTrust Bank, which quickly fixed the problem. It also may have occurred in other accounts。
    “You say, Eighty-eight billion, what can I do with that?” said Mr. Fischer, who owns a jewelry concessionaire for Florida theme parks. “Maybe a handful of us could have brought down SunTrust Bank。”考试大论坛
    Mr. Fischer had other ideas as well. Before the problem was fixed, he asked a SunTrust rep if he could move the money to an interest-bearing account until it was reclaimed and donate the interest to charity. Total interest: more than $7.3 million。
    The bank said no。
    The money was stripped out of his account by Saturday morning。
    “It’s all gone. I’m poor again,”he said. “I was a billionaire for five hours。”
    This kind of bank error happens frequently. But Mr. Fischer raises an interesting question: What if, for five hours, you truly did have $89 billion?
    What would you do with the money? The ground rules are that you would have to give the money back - and whatever you bought or invested with it - after five hours。

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