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How to pay $1 billion to Apple? Pack 20 billion nickel coins in 30 Samsung delivery trucks

August 30, 2012

In the wake of the recent verdict in the U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial, we’ve seen lots of commentary and analysis on Samsung’s major defeat against its most important rival in the mobile space, which also happens to be an important business partner.

Therefore, it’s time for some more humor on the matter – don’t get us wrong, Samsung still faces hard times ahead, as such a disastrous defeat can’t be completely overturned in courts, and the war between the two sides is far from over – as we all need a break from such serious things from time to time.

Paperblog reports that Samsung is ready to pay Apple in full the over $1 billion in damages. According to the publication, Apple has received 30 trucks filled with nickels a couple of days ago alongside a phone call from Samsung’s CEO to Apple’s CEO:

This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.
Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.
You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.
A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.

Of course, the report is not correct, and it’s just one of the various satirical takes on this conflict between corporations – but it would be even more hilarious if it were true, albeit Samsung would practically give up the fight in case the company would pay Apple the full fine without appealing the verdict.

But what if… Think about it for a second, a nickel weighs in at 5g – that means 1kg of nickels, roughly 2.20 pounds, equals $10, so you’d need 100,000,000kg of nickels to pay off a $1 billion fine. But I’m not sure 30 delivery trucks would do it, as each truck would have to carry 3,333,333.33kg or 3,333.33 tons of coins.