Skip to comments.What does one TRILLION Dollars Look Like ?
Posted on 08/11/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT by chiller
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?
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A thousand seconds is a coffee break. A million seconds is a vacation. A billion seconds is a career and a trillion seconds is 310 centuries.
Thanks. I’d been looking for that. Saw it a few years back when Obama first starting tossing around the trillions.
The word trillion has been bandied about so much I sometimes have to catch myself when I hear about some government boondoggle only costing in the billions. I find myself inwardly shrugging and saying “is that all?”. Then I realize what I’m saying and how dangerous this enormous debt really is.
Kind of like the gas prices - they go up and up, then when the drop a few cents we’re all happy.
Trillions is NOT a “new normal”.
What’s that in Quatloos?
Is that Canadian Dollars, or American Dollars, or Australian Dollars?
Four Quatloos, especially if you have an unusually large brain and like to gamble on the outcomes of any event.
Live long and prosper!
>>What does that look like?
Bits of magnetic media on a disk drive. Not much more than than.
Bits whose value is only that which is maintained, and enforced, by the system in whose context they exist.
Google the thickness of the rag/paper used to make a $ 100 bill and then calculate the depth of the holes required to contain the following stacks of $100 bills:
1.) 1 Million Dollars
2.) 1 Billion Dollars
3.) 1 Trillion Dollars
Clue: 1, 2 , and 3 stacks differ by a factor of 1,000 each.
For a quick reality check, calculate the depth of the hole in the Earth’s Crust and Mantle by multiplying # 3 by 15.2 to grasp the enormity of the National Debt that WE will, today, be passing on to our Grandchildren’s descendants - - - .
In one year, light travels roughly 6 trillion miles.
(Light travels to the moon and back - roughly 500,000 miles - in about 3 seconds.)
In one year, the Federal government spends 3.6 trillion dollars.
Therefore, the Federal government spends a dollar in less time than it takes light to travel 2 miles.
I’ve seen this graphic a trillion times and it always has an impact. It successfully drives the point home! Especially with economically challenged Americans. (which is most)
I wish they could come up with an easy graphic for real history. That’s another clueless subject for most Americans.
If from the year 0001 you made $1000 a day, it would be about a thousand years from today before you had a billion dollars. Cant even imagine a trillion
There are many ways to demonstrate, (time and distance )but none would make the visual impression of the soccer field stacked with palettes of cash to make the point that needs making.
In today’s inflation adjusted dollars, every $5T dollars represents the money spent during WWII. So $17T is about 3 1/2 WWII’s.
It’s depressing. I can’t bring myself to read Mark Steyn’s pieces this weekend.
Stacked upon each other, they’d be approx 100 feet tall, which would bring it level with the upper deck, or thereabout. God help us.
It looks like one of Obama’s ears!
A great educational graphic!
Every example I have seen uses $100 dollar bills. A true example of a trillion ‘dollars’ would use $1 bills.
If you did, each example in this scenario would have the base size the same but would be 100 times higher.
The stack on the pallet with the man standing next to it is at least 5 feet tall. It would be 500 feet tall. That is the height of a 50 story building. BVB