Oh, the 80s… was there anything scarring divorce COULDN’T solve back then?
Anyway, one of the most enduring memories I have of my junior high math classes was a problem along the lines of “An Indian Tribe received $40 for Manhattan four hundred years ago. If they had invested that money at 7 percent interest, compounded monthly, how much would it be worth today?” The answer, of course, was something like Iggledy Biggledy Jillions of Dollars, which was intended to reinforce either that compound interest is rad or that the Native Americans had poor financial counsel.
– Count Dolby von Luckner