Here's another take on Chris' trillion dollar CC chapter...
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...
A billion dollars...
A hundred billion dollars...
Eight hundred billion dollars...
One TRILLION dollars...
What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.
We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the
largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has
seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends
wherever they go.
A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2"
thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than
enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1
million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a
grocery bag and walk around with it.
While a measly $1 million looked a little
unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly
on a standard pallet...
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is
that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion
dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a
one followed by 12 zeros.
You ready for this?
It's pretty surprising.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.
As with everything you contribute to this site; thanks again for opening my eyes in a new way.
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