When the inventor of the game showed it to the emperor of India, the emperor was so impressed by the new game, that he said to the man
" Name your reward! "
The man responded,
" Oh emperor, my wishes are simple. I only wish for this. Give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before. "
The emperor agreed, amazed that the man had asked for such a small reward - or so he thought. After a week, his treasurer came back and informed him that the reward would add up to an astronomical sum, far greater than all the rice that could conceivably be produced in many many centuries!..
What awesome tales of compounding interest do you have from your own life?