With the stimulus package, the US debt and the war in Iraq, we have entered the era of trillion numbers.
Trillion. That is a million times a million. A thousand billion. A one followed by 12 zeros. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
So... how does a trillion dollars look like?
Well, in true dimensions, here is a million dollars in $100 dollar bills:
Pretty un-impressive, I think. Fits in my lunch bag. One million. Phew. Peanuts.
But here is what one trillion looks like:
NOW we're talking....
(Note the guy is still standing on the left, next to the money heap.)
Do you understand now in how much trouble the US economy is? With a bailout package of 8.5 trillion. With the national debt going over 10 trillion? (and that was before the current crisis and bailout...
Oh and what it means when people say the war in Iraq costs 3 trillion?
A BIG thank you to PageTutor, check out his full post for the steps from one dollar to 1 trillion.