Monday, March 09, 2009

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

This one copied from a website.

Imagine trillion ringgits/dirhams/rupiahs/rupees look like..

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.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

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...

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

(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.


Rusdi Abu Bakar said...

Kalau duit Zimbabwe tak boleh nak bayangkan banyak mana. tapi tak de masaah bagi kat org parti cap keris plastik tu kejap je diorg habiskan.

Rashi Hariri said...

Thanks for the great informations!!! No wonder these paper money is often considered as useless. I should "urgently" invest in GOLD

Rafi said...

thanks for sharing this amazing info!

webmaster of voting america said...

Good work with the trillion dollar pictures...

I would like your help in signing a petition to get our money back for the working class...

Please forward this to everyone you know and sign it!

Hello United States Working-Class! I hear you!

Well... I don't have a solution for 1 trillion dollars of inflatable

money... But if it's out there - we the people should have it... and if not,

we should have our own money back... Washington says to AIG "give it back"

I think we the people can say "give it back".

Please forward the following petition link to everyone you know... and I am

asking Mike Huckabee to bring it to Washington.

It just takes seconds to sign, and one email link to verify..

Sign Petition

Goal: 300,000,000 Signatures
Published by All Opinions Matter on April 15, 2009

Category: IRS Take Vacation for One Year
Region: United States
Target: United States Congress
100 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 228-4917

Background (Preamble):

We, the American tax payer's believe the distribution of a trillion dollars

of promissory notes and/or new money is enough. Any further "stimulous"

should go to the working-class individuals in the form of "income tax

see it and sign it at the above link...