As US debt exceeded $10 trillion for the first time and caused the National Debt Clock … to run out of digits!
The national debt clock, the unofficial tracker of the federal deficit maintained by the Durst Organization in New York, has reached its limits. Last month, as the national debt exceeded $10 trillion for the first time, the clock ran out of digits to record the number.
The dollar sign in the clock had to be deleted and replaced with a one to record the massive number. The clock’s owners say a new model – with space for two extra digits – will be in place early next year.
National Debt Clock, a sign tallying the United States’ approximate
national debt, in this Wednesday evening, Aug. 4, 1999 file photo