vendredi 8 mai 2009

One (1) trillion dollars, What does that look like?

What ONE TRILLION dollars looks like in dollar bills...

Have you ever though about it. What would 1 trillion dollars look like, layed out in front of you?

I mean, these numbers numbers are tossed around like 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 it's the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.

Pretty much, everyone has seen a $100 bill. But fewer have owned them. :-)

They're also guaranteed to make friends wherever you go!




A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000.

It's fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decent 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 about so much.

What is a trillion dollars anyway?

Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros ($1,000,000,000,000)

You ready for this?

It's pretty surprising.


Scroll down...I give you $1 trillion dollars...











Almost there...


















$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.

A trillion dollars bills (laid end to end) will go around the earth at the equator 3,891 times.

It will go from the earth to the moon and back more than 22 times.

Almost 97 million miles in length.

P.S. A U.S. Note is 6.14 inches in length

1 pallet is $100 million ($100,000,000).

So $1 trillion / $100 million = 10,000 pallets.

So that's 50 pallets across AND 100 pallets depth (exactly as per drawing). 50x100=5000 pallets.

Then you double stack them (as per drawing) and you get 10,000 pallets.

Hence depiction is 100% CORRECT. wink

If you were to count those pallets by hand, you'll get exactly 10,000. Face it. Even common sense tells it, since 10,000 is such a huge number. Equating to $1 trillion.

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