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How Much is One Trillion? - this will blow your mind
6 years ago
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I think people don't realize just how much money one billion dollars is, let alone one trillion dollars, or how much money it actually is that our government blows through every year with little of real value to show for it.


I'll try to put it in perspective...


One Million...


There are 1,000 (one thousand) thousands in one million - at $100,000/year it would take just 10 years to exhaust a pot of one million dollars.


One Billion...


There are 1,000,000 (one million) thousands in a billion - at $100,000/year it would take TEN THOUSAND years to exhaust a pot of one billion dollars.


One Trillion...


There are 1,000,000,000 (one billion) thousands in a trillion - at $100,000/year it would take TEN MILLION years to exhaust a pot of one trillion dollars.


at $1,000,000/year (one million $) it would take ONE MILLION years to exhaust a pot of one trillion dollars.


at $10,000,000/year (ten million $) it would take ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND years to exhaust a pot one trillion dollars.


at $100,000,000/year (100 million $) it would take TEN THOUSAND years to exhaust a post of one trillion dollars.


Our government is spending 3.5 TRILLION dollars ($3,500,000,000,000.00) - just this year.  That is 3.5 BILLION THOUSANDS




Now in graphic terms (mind blowing)...

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.

Go ahead…

Scroll down…

Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars…


(And notice those pall

6 years ago

(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.







Our government is spending not one, not two, not three, but three and one half of these:





6 years ago

this year!

6 years ago

makes me

6 years ago

It's still, even with the numbers in your face and a graphic demonstration, very hard to wrap one's head around the astronomical amount of money $3.500,000,000,000.00 is

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