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  • What Does One TRILLION Dollars Look Like?

    What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

    Remember all the talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”?  We got used to talking and thinking about big numbers and counting zeroes . . .

    • A million dollars… $1,000,000
    • A billion dollars… $1,000,000,000
    • A hundred billion dollars… $100,000,000,000
    • One TRILLION dollars… $1,000,000,000,000

    But what does it LOOK like??

    Let’s start with a $100 dollar bill . . . Pretty exciting just by itself.


    A packet of one hundred $100 bills is about 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000.  Fits in your pocket easily and is perfect for a Vegas getaway.


    This next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000).  Not that visually impressive, but most of us would take it.


    OK, so $1 million was frankly a little unimpressive, $100 million though, now we’re talking.  It’s about perfect on a standard pallet…


    And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere… although we’ll need a Mack truck to get there.

    Next we’ll look at $1 TRILLION dollars.  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?

    Not sure you are . . .

    Try to imagine for yourself . . .

    Scroll down . . .



    Ladies and gentlemen . . . $1 trillion dollars . . .

    (That’s you at the bottom left . . . 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.



    Published on August 24, 2011 · Filed under: Politics;
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