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What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
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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
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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)