In life, the value of some things is obviously higher than others — the Hope Diamond, for example, is clearly worth more than a small order of McDonald’s french fries. However, dollar values aren’t always so apparent.
When two entities are compared side by side, you might think you know which one has the higher price tag, but the right answer can be deceiving. Test your financial prowess by taking this quiz to see how well you understand net worth.
1. Which Is Worth More, the New York Knicks or all the $1 Bills That Will be Printed in 2018?
The New York Knicks are the most expensive team in basketball for 2018, according to Forbes, but a whole lot of new $1 bills need to be printed this year to keep the economy on pace. Which is worth more?
The New York Knicks Are Worth More
New York Knicks 2018 Value: $3.6 billion
New 2018 $1 Bill Value: $2.2 billion
The 2018 Federal Reserve note print order included plans to issue nearly $2.2 billion in crisp, new $1 bills, but even that can’t compete with the value of the NBA’s most expensive team. A breakdown of the Knicks’ whopping $3.6 billion value included $600 million for the sport itself, $1.7 billion for the market, $828 million for the stadium and $511 million for the brand, according to Forbes.
2. Which Costs More, Healthcare for a Year or One Month's Rent in San Francisco?
Neither healthcare nor rent in California has a reputation for being particularly affordable. San Francisco has long been one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. for renters, according to a 2018 report from Abodo, but rising healthcare costs have also made coverage a stretch for the budgets of many Americans.
Healthcare Is More Expensive
Average Annual Healthcare Expenses Per Person: $4,612
Average Monthly Rent in San Francisco: $4,425
The average American earning $75,000 per year spent $4,612 on healthcare expenses in 2017, according to HowMuch.net. It was a close call, but the average rent in San Francisco is $4,425 per month, as of February 2018, reported Zillow.
3. Which Costs More, Donald Trump's Private Jet or the Cost to Make One Season of Netflix's "The Get Down"?
Before snagging his current job, President Donald Trump used to fly in a gold-plated private jet, according to Forbes. The production budget for most TV series couldn’t hold a candle to this, but Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” wasn’t just any show.
"The Get Down" Costs More
Estimated Price to Make One Season of “The Get Down”: $190 million
Estimated Price of Donald Trump’s Private Jet: $100 million
When Netflix ordered “The Get Down,” the network expected it to cost around $120 million, but the 12-episode show ultimately cost around $16 million per episode, totaling more than $190 million, according to Deadline. Nicknamed ‘Trump Force One,’ the president’s luxurious Boeing 757 cost nearly half the price of one season of the Netflix show, according to Forbes.
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4. Which Total Was Higher, the Amount of Money Pablo Escobar Lost to Rats Each Year or Harvard's 2017 Endowment Distribution?
When he was killed in 1993, Pablo Escobar — likely the most famous drug lord in history — had a net worth of $30 billion, according to CelebrityNetWorth, but he had a serious rat problem that cost him a pretty penny. On the other hand, Harvard University is one of the most prestigious schools in the world, with plenty of deep-pocketed donors.
Pablo Escobar's Rat Issue Was Pricier
Amount Pablo Escobar Lost to Rats Each Year: $2 billion
Amount of Harvard’s 2017 Endowment Distribution: $1.8 billion
Since he often kept his money in old, dirty warehouses, 10 percent of Pablo Escobar’s annual profits — totaling $2 billion — were written off to due spoilage from rats and dampness, according to GQ Magazine. Distributed across each of Harvard’s 12 schools, the endowment for the fiscal year 2017 amounted to more than one-third of the university’s operating revenue, according to the school.
5. Which Costs More, Two Sticks of Trident Gum or the Cost to Produce a $50 Bill?
Without the dollar value attached to it, money is really just a piece of paper. However, you don’t have to be rich to buy a pack of gum, much less two pieces.
Producing a $50 Bill Costs More
Cost to Make a $50 Bill: 12.9 cents per note
Cost of Two Pieces of Trident Gum: 24 cents for two pieces
The $50 bill is second-most expensive to produce, behind only the $100 bill, according to the Federal Reserve. Since you can get a 42-count pack of Trident Spearmint Sugar-Free Gum at Target for just $2.39, the price of two pieces of gum amounts to just less than the cost to make the $50 note.
6. Which Cost More, the World's Most Expensive Sandwich or World's Most Expensive Dessert?
In November 2007, Serendipity 3 in New York City made the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the most expensive dessert ever made. Seven years later, in October 2014, the restaurant set the Guinness record for most expensive sandwich sold commercially.
The Dessert Had the Higher Price Tag
Cost of Frrrozen Haute Chocolate: $25,000
Cost of Quintessential Grilled Cheese: $214
Decorated with 5 grams of edible 23-karat gold, the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate was a delectable masterpiece, according to Guinness World Records. Not to be downplayed, the Quintessential Grilled Cheese was served on two pieces of French Pullman champagne bread, made with Dom Pérignon champagne and edible gold flakes, reported Guinness. Neither appears to currently be on the Serendipity 3 menu.
7. Which Pays Kids More, One Week of Allowance or One Visit From the Tooth Fairy?
Earning an allowance and scoring cash from the tooth fairy are two main contributors to the average kid’s cash fund. One pays weekly and the other is exclusive to tooth loss.
One Week of Allowance Pays More
Average Weekly Allowance in 2017: $8.74
The weekly allowance survey, conducted by RoosterMoney, revealed average allowance rates rise with age, so kids 11 and up can actually expect higher pay. Despite her magical nature, The Original Tooth Fairy Poll from Delta Dental found the tooth fairy lowered her rates 11 percent from 2016.
8. Which Holiday Do People Spend More, Mother's Day or Father's Day?
You might love your mom and dad equally, but chances are, you don’t spend the same amount on their special holidays.
People Spend More on Mother's Day
Average Planned Spending for Mother’s Day 2017: $186 per person
Average Planned Spending for Father’s Day 2017: $135 per person
Spending on Mother’s Day gifts like flowers, jewelry, brunches and dinners out was expected to reach a record-high $23.6 billion in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Not quite as much, but still exorbitant, Father’s Day spending on gifts like concert tickets and dining out was expected to reach a record-high $15.5 billion in 2017, reported the NRF.
9. What Cost More, Paris Hilton's Engagement Ring or an Original Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can Painting?
Paris Hilton is an heiress with seriously expensive taste, so you’d expect her engagement ring to be pricey. However, Andy Warhol was one of the most famed artists of all-time, and his “Campbell’s Soup Can” paintings are iconic.
Paris Hilton's Engagement Ring
Cost of Paris Hilton’s Engagement Ring: $2 million
Cost of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Can” Painting: $1.8 million
Paris Hilton’s now-fiancé Chris Zylka presented her with a 20-carat diamond ring during a trip to Aspen, Colo., over New Year’s weekend 2018, reported People Magazine. Almost as pricey, a bidder with deep pockets purchased an Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Can” painting, created by the artist 1961, at a November 2017 Sotheby’s auction in New York City, according to the auction house.
10. Which Costs More, the Average Price of a Brand-New Car or One Year of Tuition at a Private Four-Year College?
A private college education isn’t cheap, but neither is a buying a brand-new 2018 vehicle.
A Brand-New Car
Average Cost of a Brand-New Car in 2018: $36,270
Average Cost of Tuition and Fees at a Four-Year Private, Nonprofit College for the 2017-2018 School Year: $34,740
Private school is generally the most expensive way to do college, according to CollegeBoard, but Kelly Blue Book data for January 2018 revealed even soaring tuition rates can’t compare to the price of a brand-new car. However, you can drive the car for years, but the tuition only pays for one year of school.
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