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Teenager Suvir Mirchandani Shows US Government How To Save £240 Million By Changing Fonts

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Suvir Mirchandani is only 14 but if this is anything to go on he has a very bright future ahead of him.

The teenager has hit upon a genius method to save the US government $400 million (£240 million) - just change what font they use.

Mirchandani was mulling over ideas for a school science fair when he worked out that by changing to Garamond font from the usual Times New Roman, governments would use 25% less ink.

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Wise beyond his years

That tiny amount of ink might not sound much but when you scale it up to the level of the US government, the volumes involved are massive.

Federal government could save $136 million (£81 million) per year and an additional $234 million (£140 million) could be saved if state-level departments adopted the move.

He told CNN: "Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume."

In fact, the estimated government expenditure on ink is a whopping £1.1bn a year so a 25% saving equates to big bucks.

Sarah Fankhauser, from the Journal for Emerging Investigators, said: "We were so impressed. We could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper."

Indeed, applied across the world the now-so-painfully obvious move could save even more.

So far the government has not said whether or not it would be implementing the change.

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