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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, 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.





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 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...


Scroll down...


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





(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

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



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What is he going to do with all that money?
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great, now i want to make a gigantic fort out of trillions of dollars. thanks a lot for giving me yet another dream i will never ever achieve.
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I wish i had a warehouse full of money pallets.


+1 That'd be awesome.
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You do know that the government can use larger bills than 100, right?

I believe they have up to 10,000 --- oh never mind

THAT'S AWESOME!
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1 trillion dollars would stretch from the surface of the earth to the moon and back if were all one dollar bills.

If you'd spent a million dollars every day since jesus was born you still wouldn't have spent a trillion dollars.
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That's why our government goes by hundreds of billions instead.

But why use neat pallets when you can use the age old, but still awesome sloppy wheel barrel method?



Or the classic money sacks so you can beat people to death with the fact that you're better off?



But I must admit... this does look impressive in real life too...

mmmmmmhmmm

That's exactly what I've been trying to say.

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Didn't Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns try and buy Cuba with a trillion dollar bill in an episode of The Simpsons lol
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That's why our government goes by hundreds of billions instead.


Or the classic money sacks so you can beat people to death with the fact that you're better off?



But I must admit... this does look impressive in real life too...



i love it how it has the huge stack of US money, then a little pile of purple monies
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Indeed they did, sir.

Castro: May I see it?

Burns: Ah, see with your eyes, not with your hands.

Castro: Please Mr. Burns, we are all friends here.

*Burns reluctantly hands him the bill.*

Burns: Now give it back...

Castro (with hands empty and straight face): Give what back?

*Burns & Homer get thrown out on their asses.*
mmmmmmhmmm

That's exactly what I've been trying to say.

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Didn't Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns try and buy Cuba with a trillion dollar bill in an episode of The Simpsons lol



haha something like that.
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Damn! and i thought that I was a hardcore simpsons fan lol
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Suck my money sack.

sorry, It had to be said.
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#19
I see your 1 trillion, and raise you 100 trillion.


All in one convenient, easy to carry bill.

Although in all seriousness, that is a fuckload of money.
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I see your 1 trillion, and raise you 100 trillion.


All in one convenient, easy to carry bill.

Although in all seriousness, that is a fuckload of money.

Yeah that's like enough to by a sandwich or something.
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i love it how it has the huge stack of US money, then a little pile of purple monies


obviously a conterfitter whos printers ink started to run low
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obviously a conterfitter whos printers ink started to run low

dont y'all use plastic monies?

damnit you australians are so much cooler than us americans....
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Yeah that's like enough to by a sandwich or something.

Last I heard it was about US$250. Guess you know you've got problems when a trillion dollars won't buy you a cup of coffee.
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US inflation ftw I guess.
mmmmmmhmmm

That's exactly what I've been trying to say.

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its computerized....

so

$1, 000, 000, 000, 000.00
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Can you break a Trillion? I could use some change.
mmmmmmhmmm

That's exactly what I've been trying to say.

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You do know that the government can use larger bills than 100, right?

I believe they have up to 10,000 --- oh never mind

THAT'S AWESOME!

Those bills are only used with banks and that stuff. They aren't in circulation.
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thats y they invented these babies

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Last I heard it was about US$250. Guess you know you've got problems when a trillion dollars won't buy you a cup of coffee.

A lot lot lot less than that. Probably on the order of about US$20 when it came out, and within a week couldn't buy you a matchstick.
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This thread reminds me of a video i watched in my Holocaust class where a guy tried to count a grain of rice for every person who got killed for some college class project. He counted whenever he had the chance through the day which was alot and put them all in jars. Now when you picture 11 million grains of rice you would think it'd be alot but really, it is. He got up to like 2 million (maybe not even that much) and quit and when he had the jars all layed out on a table of his there were a lot of them. I'll try to see if i can find it.

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One artist in "Witness and Legacy" does, however, manage to succeed in addressing the sheer magnitude of the Holocaust, in part through failure. Seth Kramer set out to count one grain of rice for each of the six million victims of the Nazis. He intended to complete his task within a year, but eight months into it, as we see on a videotape, he has reached only one million grains. Kramer is neither monkish nor precious about his task -- the video shows him counting while spouting off to his wife about an encounter with someone who thought the Holocaust didn't happen ("Like I'm hiding six million Jews in my ****ing closet!") and arranging mayonnaise jars full of rice on a coffee table while watching TV -- and that very banality gives it power.

In this untitled video, the way the grains of rice are counted and swept into jars becomes a real attempt to grasp the Holocaust (this guy is counting to six million), as well as a representation of the systematic, unflinching way corpses were actually disposed of. It also puts the magnitude of the Holocaust into some perspective. "This," says Kramer matter-of-factly, picking up two jars from a table covered with jars, "is how many Americans died in Vietnam." The other jars sit mutely, making up an impossible abacus meant to count incomprehensible numbers.
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For all that money doesn't there have to be gold to back it up?

So...think about all that gold.
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