Talk about an unsound investment.

In 2004, the owners of the national debt clock in Times Square tore down the original version -- erected in 1989 -- and upgraded to a 13-digit model that was capable of running backwards. Instead, with the country taking on more and more debt, the family that owns the digital clock is already talking about a plan to buy a little more time, losing the sign's dollar sign in exchange for a 14th numeral.

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