Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

Pretty cool item from Deliveries Galore

Have you ever wondered what one trillion dollars looks like? With all the talk about bailouts and stimulus packages - a million here, a billion there - it’s pretty easy to lose track of exactly how MUCH money they’re talking about.

Let’s start with a simple $100 bill - nearly everyone has seen one, and most have used one at some point:

Ahh, hello Mr. Franklin…

Now, lets take it a step further - a packet of $100 bills is less than 1/2 inch thick and is worth $10,000. This can easily fit in your pocket and can be used to buy a cheap car or a year of your kid’s tuition:

Vegas, here we come!

This little pile of cash can easily fit into any backpack and weighs just about 22 lbs. Just in case you didn’t believe that those criminals in the movies couldn’t fit a million bucks in those briefcases, it’s very possible! You’re not likely to ever see this amount of cash in one place unless you work in a bank or are a high-level drug dealer:

What, you’re just gonna stand there? Get the money!

Here we have $100 million - neatly fits on any standard pallet, weighing in at a little over one ton. You could stash this away in your bedroom and never work another day in your life. No one will ever see this kind of money in one place except Britney Spears and other celebrities:

That money isn’t going anywhere without a forklift…

Now we’re talking big bucks… $1 billion - ten pallets worth of cold, hard cash. This is more than some countries’ GDP (Gross Domestic Product):

You wouldn’t even know what to do with this kind of money…

Finally, here we are - one trillion dollars. That’s twelve zeros, go ahead and count ‘em! One MILLION million, or one thousand billion… This is just an obscene amount of money - the dollar value is more than all that are currently in circulation:

Can you still see the guy in the red shirt?

*Maybe i can get that loan for the new truck soon..


VE said...

And so imagine what our national debt looks like?

Anonymous said...

I needed a microscope but I found him ;-)

Kevin John said...

Hey VE, what's been up on your cruise?

Hi Nursemyra- have not had a lot of time to visit but rest assured I look forward to visiting you!

CoyotePrime said...

Man, KJ, I'd like about a square foot of that loot!
Cool post.

VE said...

Kevin, the cruise was good. I did a 6 part post series on traditional VE style of course.

Fragrant Liar said...

OMFG. That is a shitload. Of course, if needed, I could find a pallet, and take the lesser amount. Nobody's gonna miss a pallet full, right?

Kevin John said...

Yea, I would be happy with only 1/2 square foot!

@VE, glad you had a great time! Sorry I have not stopped by lately. Been busy.


Now, if you were driving down a country road and found one with a "Bank of New York" printed on the side, would you still take it?
Hee hee.

Thanks for your visit.

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