What does one
TRILLION dollars look like?
this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...
A billion dollars...
A hundred billion dollars...
Eight hundred billion dollars...
One TRILLION dollars...
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.
start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.
everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make
friends wherever they go.
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.
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.
a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more
It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
$1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing so
What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a
thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.
ready for this?
and gentlemen... I give you $1
(And notice those pallets are double
the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion
dollars"... that's what they're talking about.