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Colored rivulets ran on the pavement and roadside snow was stained blue when a tractor-trailer carrying a load of inkjet-printer ink cartridges crashed during the morning rush hour on the ramp between Route 128 and Interstate 95 in Peabody, Massachusetts, yesterday. (No one was hurt. Except possibly people who hate seeing expensive printer ink wasted.)
Oh, and as Richard K., who sent me this, pointed out, sometimes photographs really do have to be in color!
(Thanks to Richard Kingston)
P.S. The title of this post is just me being funny, I have no idea what the street value of the ink might have been.
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Featured Comment by James: "Mike, I can’t resist an obvious challenge, so while publicly listening to a conference call, I’ve been doing some maths.
"Epson T0807 Hummingbird multipack for my Epson Stylus Photo R265. Cost of multipack is £51.04.
"6 mini cartridges per multipack, each mini cartridge contains 7.4 ml. Total volume of ink per multipack is 44.4 ml.
"Volume of multipack is 1600 cm3. Weight is not an issue, not considered further.
"Rough internal dimensions of trailer (H/W/D) 300 cms x 300 cms x 1000 cms. Internal volume of trailer is therefore 90 million cm3.
"Trailer maximum capacity is therefore 56,250 multipacks. At a cost of £51.04 the maximum value of multipacks is £2,899,125.
"Discount arbitrary 10% for dead space in trailer. More realistic value of full trailer is £2,609,212.50.
"Convert from proper currency to US$ at US$1.6045. Cost of cartridges is US$4,186,481.46.
"Now, either you are being a sly old fox and had previously worked out the headline, or you are more close to being a financial seer than you have previously admitted!"
Mike replies: I swear I thought I was exaggerating. Although I do admit that my first figure was in the $2m range and it did occur to me that that might not be enough.