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Headys 03-19-2009 12:13 PM

What $1 trillion REALLY looks like...
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, most have owned them. Benny's are 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. It weighs only 22lbs.

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.

killclimbz 03-19-2009 12:33 PM

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If someone could load up a few semi's with that last stack there and bring it over to my bank it would be much appreciated.

My account number for deposit is...

tomtom88 03-19-2009 12:33 PM

nice post heady. good use of sketchup i might add. pretty rediculous our government thinks this is acceptable.

Enigmatic 03-19-2009 01:12 PM

haha awesome and insightful thread, brought me back down to a realistic perspective..Thumbs up

T.J. 03-19-2009 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by Headys (Post 146407)

i'm not greedy...i'll settle for that one.

stuntmanmike 03-19-2009 01:59 PM

seriously T.J. seriously?

Headys 03-19-2009 02:02 PM

yea, i'd settle for a palate or 2. nothing crazy.

im pretty sure that i read online that all the CEO's are goign to take this money and put it into Scrooge McDuck's money bin and then all go for a swim once it's dished out. that might just be a rumor though...

twin89 03-19-2009 02:23 PM

woow... with that kind of money you could pay to keep your own mountain running with real snow shipped from all over the world all year long in sunny so cal. lol just pay planes to ship you snow in the summer and fall haha, with occasional shipments of fresh powder. im sure that would take no more than a couple pallets lol.

Perpetual3am 03-19-2009 03:52 PM

Great Post!! Finally people will understand why I had to build a bigger garage.

SpringheelJack 03-19-2009 04:49 PM

Losing a dollar is a tragedy, losing a trillion dollars is a statistic.

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