Times Square Debt Ticker Runs Out of Numbers

$10 trillion national debt takes up too much space for mounting tally
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2008 10:40 AM CDT
The US national debt is shown on the National Debt Clock in New York, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008.    (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – America's national debt has outgrown the ticker designed to draw attention to it, the BBC reports. The Times Square counter, set up in 1989 when the debt was a mere $2.7 trillion, ran out of space for digits recently when the debt ballooned to more than $10 trillion. Its owners have temporarily removed the dollar sign to make space for an extra number—and plan to add enough room to record up to a quadrillion dollars in debt.