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Zimbabwe and Hyper Inflation

This is what happens in ZIMBABWE !!!!!

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This is what it looks like in Zimbabwe……………
(Inflation at 231 million percent a year has meant 25 million Zimbabwe dollars equals to just 1 US dollar)

The pictures below look funny, but the story is really sad……..

Visiting the neighborhood grocer!
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Some pocket money!
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Awesome price tag!
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This is how people pay in restaurants!
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The bill of course!
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The 100 billion dollar note in circulation!
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Zimbabwe’s $100 billion banknote with the number of eggs it could purchase on its release date
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They are now releasing a 100 TRILLION banknote…

If you want to feel like a trillionaire for a few days, a holiday to Zimbabwe will surely give you that feeling!

And 1 trillion = $33 USD..

In 1980 ZMD was equivalent to British pounds and nowwwww!!!!!!!

This is what we call Hyper Inflation!

The Difference Between Focusing On Problems And Focusing On Solutions

Case 1

When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn’t work at zero gravity (ink won’t flow down to the writing surface). To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million.

They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C. And what did the Russians do…??

They used a pencil…

Case 2

One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan ‘s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.

Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which
transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.

For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed  through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a whoopee amount to do so.

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc., but instead came out with another solution.

He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Moral

Always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problems :-)

Miniatur Wunderland

Part of the Miniatur Wunderland is pictured here

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A pair of twin brothers, Gerrit Braun and Frederik Braun, have spent nine years painstakingly putting together the world’s biggest train set in Hamburg, Germany – it spans an astonishing 1,150sqm and has almost six miles of track.

The mammoth set features detailed models of some of the world’s most famous landmarks, from the mountains of Switzerland to the hotels and casinos of Las Vegas. The ‘Miniatur Wunderland’ has six regions including America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps.

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