Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One Trillion

(There. Again. Photos should appear now.  ;o)

This little gem appeared in my inbox today.  What a reality check.  And to think that more than seven trillion dollars have already been printed and handed out to banks already!  Oh boy.  Banana Republic ain't just a stop at the mall anymore.

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What Does one TRILLION dollars look like? 
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A billion dollars...

A 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.  

Stay with me ... to get a sense of what a trillion dollars looks like.

Take it slowly....

We'll 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 that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.


While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...


And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...


Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing about so much. 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...

Scroll down...

Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...


(And notice those pallets are double stacked and how small the man looks.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.

Make sure you pass this on so everyone can see how much our government is really spending!!   

8 comments:

Jaclyn Bailey said...

Aw! I am bummed! I dont know if it is the case for anyone else, but your pictures are just showing up as little red x's for me!

Annalea said...

Thanks so much for the head's up. It's because the photos are still sitting on my drive. lol I forgot to post them. Will fix it soon!

Toni said...

WOW! THAT really puts it in perspective!!!

Annalea said...

Ya. And to think, they've very nearly printed and distributed that much money already . . . I think it's up to 800 billion now. I am so not looking forward to the inflation. It may take several years to hit, but hit it will . . . and when that happens, let's hope we've all been able to put our savings into something that will hold its value (precious metals, for example).

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I so appreciated reading your blog... the trillion lesson...and loved the journey to IKEA.... I have 14 brothers and sisters...and we ALWAYS got looks. I think your children must have been way better behaved than we were.... it was hard for us all to go out at the same time...except to church... what with squeezing into one car! Not hardly worth the effort.

Jelly Wares said...

OMG!!! That's amazing, really puts it into perspective..

Take Care
Jodie :)

Gardengirl said...

WOW !!! I could never have been able to picture that amount of money.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I'll never hear "trillion" without thinking of this again. What a great visual!