One Trillion Dollars
Posted Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:55 PM
What does one TRILLION dollars 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.
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...
ext 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..
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 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.
Posted Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:02 PM
now where do they usually keep these pallets stacked anyways?
i wonder if they would miss just one of them....i only need one
Posted Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:11 AM
the dimensions of 10000 would be
2.61" wide, by 6.14" long, by 0.43" tall.
1 million would be
12.28" wide, by 13.05" deep, by 4.3" tall
100 million would be
5.11' wide, by 5.43' deep, by 17.2"
this depiction appears closer to a 4' cube, which would be more like 300 millionish
that being established, you could stack 5 high in 2 rows for the 1 billion or
11.22' wide (including a 1' space) by 5.43' deep, by 7.16' tall
if you were going to stack them 2 high, you would only need a 25x20 grid
244' by, 160' by 14.32' high (204' by 136' without the 1 foot spacings)
the picture should be around 300' by 300' but the depth is clearly longer then the width so its obvious whoever made this was trying to exaggerated. which is pointless because a football field full of money is still impressive.
Posted Wed Mar 11, 2009 03:35 PM
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Posted Fri Mar 13, 2009 09:26 PM
I can clean dishes very well, make beds, cook a great dinner (well if you consider Kraft Dinner great), I'm a skinny guy so I'm not that much in the way, and I'll even take out the trash. Can I live with you now? :S