Thursday, April 14, 2011

Challenge #36 - Stop Spending

Our U.S. Government leaders are referencing "trillions of dollars" of deficit.  A trillion dollars.  What exactly is a trillion?
  • A trillion is a million million.
  • A thousand billion.
  • It's a one followed by 12 zeroes. 
  • Stack a trillion pennies one on top of another, and you have 986,426 miles of pennies.  That is nearly three times the distance from the earth to the moon.
  • A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.
  • It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills.
  • If your annual salary or wage is $50,000, it would take you 20 millon years to earn a trillion dollars.
  • A person given $1 million a year to spend would need 1 million years to blow a trillion dollars.
  • Counting to a trillion at a rate of one number per second (no sleeping) would take almost 32,000 years.
  • Think of it this way.  A thousand seconds is a coffee break, a million seconds is a vacation, a billion seconds is a career, and a trillion seconds is 310 centuries!
These figures have been gathered piece-meal.  If there are discrepancies, who the hell cares!  It's all way over the top of any human being to comprehend the depth of the doo-doo we're in.