Montrose man’s invention has enough zeros to display national debt

Montrose Realtor Matt Miles wanted to key in the national debt on a calculator, but he couldn’t find one that would display the entire number. So he made one that could.

Miles assembled a 16-digit calculator — the current national debt uses 14 digits — that he is selling under the moniker “Big Red: The Official Calculator of the National Debt.”

The packaging, which features a portrait of George Washington in a daze and has slogans such as “The largest collection of zeros ever assembled” and “Endorsed by professional spenders,” may indicate the calculator is a gag gift.

But it offers several handy functions, such as the ability to: round up with the tap of a button; check numbers calculated as many as 112 steps ago; and calculate tax or markup for a business.

Miles officially launched the Web site http://www.bigredcalculator.
com this week, where people can buy the calculator for $12.99. Amazon.com also is selling the calculator.

Miles said he wants people to see for themselves how big the deficit is with all digits included.

“I wanted everyone to look at it this way, so all of us would be just as concerned about what we are doing to our children’s future if we don’t act,” he said. “I’ve gone so far as to create this calculator to help others get the point, and I hope others will share this point, too, by joining me in asking our elected officials to do something about deficit spending and the national debt.”


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