What does one TRILLION dollars look like?


Have you seen this floating around the blogosphere yet?  If so, and you can tell me who to credit, I’d love to attribute it properly!  I got it from a colleague on e-mail and when I googled it, I found it on many blogs already.

All this talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”…
billion dollars…
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.
$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 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.
Go ahead…

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Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars
$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)
Notice those pallets are double stacked.
…and remember those are $100 bills.
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

Comments (2)

That is an amazing way to give at least some more reality to a whole lot of money! thanks for sharing that Suzi.

Yeah, wasn’t it shocking how little a pile of money a million dollars is???

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