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Posted on 01/06/2011 6:42:52 AM PST by 1rudeboy

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.

It's pretty surprising.

Scroll down...

Ladies and gentlemen... I give you \$1 trillion dollars...

Notice those pallets are double stacked.
...and remember those are \$100 bills.

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.

* Step by step calculations & dimensions are here for those who may be interested.
* You may also be interested to see the U.S. National Debt in \$100 dollar bills.

KEYWORDS: trillion
From one of the embedded links above:

So here you go, the U.S. National Debt in \$100 dollar bills...

1 posted on 01/06/2011 6:42:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy

To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama; 10Ring

I cannot vouch for the calculations, but what difference does it make? We’re doomed.

2 posted on 01/06/2011 6:43:40 AM PST by 1rudeboy

To: 1rudeboy
This has to be one of the best practical explanations of this that I have ever seen. I'll be using it on several libs that don't have a clue.

/johnny

3 posted on 01/06/2011 6:47:02 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)

To: 1rudeboy

That’s several times bigger than my house.

4 posted on 01/06/2011 6:47:40 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: 1rudeboy
We’re doomed.

So are our children...and their children...and THEIR children.

Thanks for nothing, Barry, Nancy and Harry.

5 posted on 01/06/2011 6:47:49 AM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")

To: 1rudeboy; blam

“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.”

I don’t believe it. Please send me the money and a grocery bag and I’ll see if I really can walk around with it... :)

6 posted on 01/06/2011 6:49:26 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)

To: 1rudeboy

Something like this, under the Obama administration.
7 posted on 01/06/2011 6:53:18 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")

To: JRandomFreeper
I'll be using it on several libs that don't have a clue.

That seems to imply that some libs do have a clue?

;)

8 posted on 01/06/2011 6:54:19 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)

To: JRandomFreeper
Off the top of my head, I'm calculating that you can fit \$2.4 billion on one of these:

9 posted on 01/06/2011 6:55:47 AM PST by 1rudeboy

To: 1rudeboy

Looks bogus to me, but I’ve seen this before and I think it was 1,000 dollar bills.

Look at the 3rd image. That is NOT 100 packets of \$100 bills. It looks more like about 5 packets.

BTW, one reason the government stopped printing \$500 and \$1000 bills is so large sums of money will be more detectable and harder to transport clandestinely. Or so I heard.

10 posted on 01/06/2011 6:56:46 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)

To: 1rudeboy

If the US debt was only one trillion dollars, and we repaid it at the tune of \$1.00 per second...

It would take us 31,688 years to pay off the debt.

http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/Taxes/million.htm

11 posted on 01/06/2011 7:00:21 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)

To: Alex Murphy
That movie had about the most conservative stance of any movie in recent history, regardless of whether the creators wanted to or not.

My favorite bits of dialogue from that movie:

Alfred Pennyworth: A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

Bruce Wayne: Then why steal them?

Alfred Pennyworth: Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

12 posted on 01/06/2011 7:01:20 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: Diana in Wisconsin
13 posted on 01/06/2011 7:02:54 AM PST by blam

To: JRandomFreeper
There is another similar explanation of big numbers in understandable terms, which has been around for some time, but may not have been seen by all:
14 posted on 01/06/2011 7:03:00 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)

To: subterfuge

A bit off topic, but as an example of scale, the human body has been estimated to have somewhere around 50-75 trillion cells.

15 posted on 01/06/2011 7:03:10 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle

To: 1rudeboy

One trillion seconds ago no human civilization had written language.

One trillion seconds is more than 32,000 years.

The American government is currently more than \$14 trillion in debt.

No wonder the American dollar is worth 1/1400 of an ounce of gold.

16 posted on 01/06/2011 7:03:21 AM PST by reaganator

To: Responsibility2nd
Pshhh.

All this talk of a 14 trillion dollar debt is rather silly. All the Treasury has to do is print up a couple dozen of these...

and our troubles will be over.

(do I really need a sarc tag?)

17 posted on 01/06/2011 7:07:02 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)

To: 1rudeboy

A few months ago a writer to the St. Pete Times (FL) suggested a fix to the nation’s unemployment and economy woes. Give the 40 million people that are age 50 and above a million dollars with the stipulation that they quit their jobs, buy a car from Detroit and pay off their mortgage. A friend forwarded this to me saying this could be the end of our problems. I shot back, “did you do the math?” He said that it was a \$400 billion dollar cost. I corrected him that no, it was \$40 TRILLION and to cover the cost (by printing more money), the car alone would cost \$1 million. He sheepishly replied that his calculator did not have enough zeros.

18 posted on 01/06/2011 7:08:37 AM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)

To: Responsibility2nd

19 posted on 01/06/2011 7:14:06 AM PST by 1rudeboy

To: 1rudeboy

“Off the top of my head, I’m calculating that you can fit \$2.4 billion on one of these:”

And how many of those left Iraq in 2003?

20 posted on 01/06/2011 7:14:48 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ( Happy Freeping New Year)

To: IYAS9YAS

I’ve seen this before, and realised that palletized one trillion dollars would practically cover my 2.5 acre yard.

21 posted on 01/06/2011 7:15:01 AM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)

To: subterfuge
Looks bogus to me, but I’ve seen this before and I think it was 1,000 dollar bills.

Look at the 3rd image. That is NOT 100 packets of \$100 bills. It looks more like about 5 packets.

A standard bill is 6.14 inches by 2.61 inches. A stack of 100 bills is approximately .43 inches thick. So, a stack of \$100 bills equal to \$10,000 is 6.14 inches wide, by 2.61 inches deep, by .43 inches thick. A stack of 100 bills gives you 6.890922 cubic inches. 100 stacks would give you 689.0922 cubic inches.

That stack of 1 million dollars appears to be two bills wide (12.28 inches). Divide 689.0922 by 12.28 and you get 56.115. That stack also appears to be roughly 4.5 inches tall, so, divide by 4.5 and you get 13.05 inches (which is exactly 5 bills deep, front to back) - which appears to be how deep that stack is. I'd say the numbers are right.

22 posted on 01/06/2011 7:16:05 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: gnickgnack2
I’ve seen this before, and realised that palletized one trillion dollars would practically cover my 2.5 acre yard.

I just want 10 square feet of that...

23 posted on 01/06/2011 7:21:10 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: subterfuge
BTW, one reason the government stopped printing \$500 and \$1000 bills is so large sums of money will be more detectable and harder to transport clandestinely. Or so I heard.

If it's not the reason, it should be... then again it's almost a little too logical...

24 posted on 01/06/2011 7:21:21 AM PST by GOPJ

To: BatGuano

On the other hand.. if we would just give each Congresscritter, all 535 of ‘em including the Senate...a million dollars each just to go home and quit legislatin’ at the onset of each congressional session-America would come out ahead-for once.

25 posted on 01/06/2011 7:28:01 AM PST by mo

To: 1rudeboy

EXCELLENT Graphics - real eye-opener! It was just 50 years ago that the late Senator Dirksen was ATTRIBUTED as saying “A Billion here and a Billion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money!” Sheesh!

26 posted on 01/06/2011 7:32:28 AM PST by SES1066 (Thank you for your vote in November, now let us get to work!)

To: 1rudeboy

What do you mean we? only the giveruppers are doomed.To win we need to beat up congress until they get it.

27 posted on 01/06/2011 7:45:42 AM PST by Vaduz

To: GOPJ

[ BTW, one reason the government stopped printing \$500 and \$1000 bills is so large sums of money will be more detectable and harder to transport clandestinely. Or so I heard.

If it’s not the reason, it should be... then again it’s almost a little too logical... ]

These days the fed can just magically summon up digital cash clandestinely without needing to involve the bureau of printing and engraving.

28 posted on 01/06/2011 7:53:15 AM PST by GraceG

To: mo
That would be WAY ahead! Not one would take it because each can glom so much more from the treasury for family, friends, and supporters. We are so screwed up!
29 posted on 01/06/2011 7:56:56 AM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)

To: 1rudeboy

I have two questions.

1. just how much would all of that weigh, minus the pallets?

2. how do I go about getting my hands on that stack?

30 posted on 01/06/2011 8:02:58 AM PST by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE DRAINED THE SWAMP!)

To: IYAS9YAS
"...I just want 10 square feet of that..."

FRiend, you are screwing yourself. You should have said, "I just want 10 CUBIC feet of that".
31 posted on 01/06/2011 8:10:00 AM PST by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE DRAINED THE SWAMP!)

To: NCC-1701
FRiend, you are screwing yourself. You should have said, "I just want 10 CUBIC feet of that".

What I meant was I wanted 10 square feet of that double-stacked pallet area. I should have qualified my statement. Given the stacks appear to be about 4 feet high, that'd be that'd be 8 feet less 12 inches for two pallets, so 2x5x7 would be 70 cubic feet. That'd be about right. If you consider that \$10,000 is 6.868476 cubic inches, and there are 1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot, then 70 cubic feet equals 120,960 cubic inches. Divide that by 6.868476 and you get 17,610.89 (stacks of \$10,000 in 70 cubic feet). That would be a tidy \$176,108,936 (rounded to the nearest whole dollar).

32 posted on 01/06/2011 8:25:50 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: IYAS9YAS; NCC-1701

My math was off - that’s not roughly 8 feet for two stacks, it’s roughly 7.5 feet less about a foot for the pallets - so, it would be 65 cubic feet, not 70. That would be about \$163,529,726 rounded. Still works for me.

33 posted on 01/06/2011 8:29:56 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)

To: IYAS9YAS

Not to split hairs or anything but I’d take that swag and not complain one bit. It would make life a tad easier to live on.

This thread reminds me of something a friend said he saw etched into a bathroom stall. It read, “Someone, somewhere, has some money, and I have to find some way to get some of it”. I couldn’t agree more and subscribe to that.

34 posted on 01/06/2011 9:01:04 AM PST by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE DRAINED THE SWAMP!)

To: 1rudeboy
Wow, just wow! Good work 1rudeboy.

35 posted on 01/06/2011 4:17:13 PM PST by bd476

To: NCC-1701
Let's assume that the paper used to make \$100 notes is similar to copy paper (although I suspect it is much heavier--but then it is also probably thicker).

1 ream of paper --> 5 pounds
10 reams of paper --> 1 case
40 cases of paper --> one pallet
24 pallets of paper --> one truckload*

So if my math is correct (and it rarely is), one truckload of \$100 notes = 48,000 pounds**

_____
*48-foot flatbed or van trailer
**the maximum weight before specialized equipment is needed (generally)

36 posted on 01/06/2011 5:05:44 PM PST by 1rudeboy

“What do you mean we? only the giveruppers are doomed.To win we need to beat up congress until they get it.”

Simply just quit electing the bastards to the Congress!

37 posted on 02/02/2011 6:56:46 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Agree we need to beat up congress but everytime we elect the new ones they turn into the old ones,keep replacing them is all we can do.

38 posted on 02/03/2011 8:25:07 AM PST by Vaduz

To: Michael.SF.
That seems to imply that some libs do have a clue? ;)

Well, yeah, the commie ones do but they have another agenda.

39 posted on 07/25/2011 7:20:38 PM PDT by immadashell

To: 1rudeboy

bump to the top

40 posted on 07/25/2011 7:53:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (Honk if I'm paying for your car, your mortgage, and your big, fat Greek bailout - mewzilla)

To: 1rudeboy
41 posted on 07/26/2011 4:19:12 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)

To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Not re-elect congress???? Tell that to all the pork-addicted from both major parties.

42 posted on 07/26/2011 4:28:22 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)

To: reaganator
"No wonder the American dollar is worth 1/1400 of an ounce of gold."

It's worth even less now. A dollar is only 1/1611 of an ounce of gold.

43 posted on 07/26/2011 4:42:59 AM PDT by Godebert

To: Godebert

Report back in another 7 months.

What will the dollar be worth then?

44 posted on 07/26/2011 5:27:45 AM PDT by reaganator

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