spend a billion here and a billion there.
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts". A billion dollars here. A hundred billion dollars there. Eight hundred billion dollars here. One TRILLION dollars there. How can we relate to it all? Well, let's start with a $100 dollar bill, currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly 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 a 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 it all into a grocery bag and walk around with it. Not recommended.
And while a measly $1 million looks a little unimpressive, $100 million dollars is a little more respectable. It all fits neatly on a standard pallet.
And here's $1 BILLION dollars. Now we're really getting somewhere.
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Next we'll look at one TRILLION dollars. This is the number we've been hearing so much about, lately. What is a trillion dollars? It's a million million dollars. It's a thousand billion dollars. It's a one followed by 12 zeros. Are you ready? It's pretty shocking. Go ahead. Scroll down.
NOTICE the scaled size of the MAN at the LOWER LEFT. Also notice the pallets are double stacked. And remember these are $100 bills. So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... this is what they're talking about.
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