Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What Does One Trillion Dollars in $100 Bills Look Like ?

This interesting pictorial representation of one trillion U. S. dollars first appeared on PageTutor.com website. Reprinted here courtesy of PageTutor.com



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...























U.S. National Debt in $100 bills


After seeing What does one TRILLION dollars look like?, I've gotten quite a few requests to translate that into the U.S. National Debt, currently 11 trillion dollars as of March, 2009.

So here you go, the U.S. National Debt in $100 dollar bills...





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