January 9, 2009
How Big is a Trillion?
To count to a trillion would take 31,000 years (at one number per second). When my son Desmond told me that last night, my wife commented that maybe he does have some of my DNA.
A trillion dollars divided by 300 million American would give $3,333 to each man, woman and child.
Interest on a trillion dollars at 5% is $137 million a day. Take a look at the National Debt Clock. The National Debt is increasing at the rate of $5 million per minute.
With a trillion dollars you could build 6.7 million $150,000 homes.
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Only if a trillion is American, 10^12, as distinct from those places where a trillion=10^18. Or, think how much better off you'd be in Andorra. Or Paraguay. Cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales
Posted by: Buce | Jan 9, 2009 7:47:44 PM