Don’t Feed the Alligators

A Personal Finance Blog from a Small-Scale Landlord’s Perspective
09.24.2008
Neutron Star

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$1,000,000,000,000

The term $1 Trillion has been in the news a lot lately, but rarely have I actually seen it written out.  That’s a lot of zeros!  To look at it another way, it is :

$1,000,000 X $1,000,000

One Million Dollars times One Million Dollars equals One Trillion Dollars.

If you had a trillion dollars and wanted to count it, and could count at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 31,000 YEARS to finish!  (Apparently, aside from the lifespan issue, you couldn’t actually count this high this fast anyway, because some numbers would take longer than 1 second to say, like nine hundred and ninety-nine billion, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine.)

A stack of $1 Trillion dollar bills would wrap around the earth at the equator two and half times.

Those same dollar bills laid end to end will reach further than the sun — at it’s farthest approach.

Do you think $1 Trillion is a lot of money?  I do.

Hope your great-grandkids don’t mind paying taxes…

What do you think about the proposed bailout out of the financial industry? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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