Millions, Billions and Trillions

Hi all,
 
We keep hearing of Trillion dollar financial bailout packages, Billion dollar losses reported by banks and other big companies, Billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, Million dollar bonuses for big company CEOs and Millions of dollar havala transactions. Ever thought seriously about the sums involved?
 
It is hard for us to sometimes understand big numbers.
 
For example, what’s the difference between a million and a billion? You hear in the news a billion dollars but do you really comprehend a billion? I don’t, even though I have a science background. I understand the math but not really the big number.
 
I was sitting at a table and a man was discussing big numbers. He said a physicist put it to him where he understood the difference.
 
A million seconds is about 12 days. (11.57 days)
 
A billion seconds is about 32 years. (31.7 years)

The current annual U. S. deficit is a about a trillion dollars.
 
So how many years is a trillion seconds?
 
About 32,000 years. Sooooooo……….. long. 

A stack of one million dollars made of one dollar bills would be eight-tenths of a mile high.

 
A Billion dollars in one dollar bills would rise about 80 miles.
 
A Trillion one-dollar bills would tower 79,000 miles. Wow………
 
AS FOR FOUR TRILLION ONE-DOLLARS BILLS…THE STACK WOULD REACH THE MOON, ENCIRCLE IT AND START PART OF THE WAY BACK…..MAKING IT A MOONLESS NIGHT. 

Thanks a million.
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