Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What's a TRILLION dollars really look like?

I think we're all guilty of just assuming that a trillion $ is just a bigger version of a billion. We know it's a thousand billions, but because the numbers are so huge it's hard to get a good grasp of what a trillion dollars might look like.

Think of this the next time you hear that we're going to run trillion dollar deficits for the foreseeable future......
If you take 100 $100 it fits neatly into a nice bundle and provides at least 48 hours of entertainment in Las Vegas.

Combine 100 of these neat little bundles and you've got a cool million that will easily fit in small backpack if you were so inclined to store your million dollars in a backpack.

A hundred million starts to get a little unweildy, but if you've got a small forklift you can probably move the $100 million that sits on this pallet.
Put 10 of these pallets in the back of an 18 wheeler and you've got a billion dollars.
So now say you want to really have a blowout weekend - and you're going to spend a trillion.
Wait for it..........
Are you sure your ready?
Can you handle the truth?
I present a Trillion dollars ............

Note the relative size of the lucky owner of that trillion dollars in the corner. Also note that the pallets are now DOUBLE STACKED!! Also, keep in mind that these theoretical pallets are holding $100 bills.


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