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We here some big numbers being tossed around these days and we've gotten numb to some of them. But I saw one today that puts it into perspective for me. Costco sells about 15 billion dollars a quarter. So, if AIG just got another 30 billion, it is the equivalent of evertyhing sold by every Costco store in a six month period. As you know, almost no one leaves Costco for under two hundred bucks and the lines are long. I know how much I'd have back in my wallet if I got a refund on everything I bought at Costco in the last six months.
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What's the difference between a million, a billion, a trillion?A million seconds is 12 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

A million minutes ago was – 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes ago.
A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.

A million hours ago was in 1885.
A billion hours ago man had not yet walked on earth.

A million dollars ago was five (5) seconds ago at the U.S. Treasury.
A billion dollars ago was late yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Treasury.

A trillion dollars is so large a number that only politicians
can use the term in conversation... probably because they
seldom think about what they are really saying. I've read that
mathematicians do not even use the term trillion!
Here is some perspective on TRILLION:
Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000.
The country has not existed for a trillion seconds.
Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds.
One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe.

Million: 1,000,000
Billion: 1,000,000,000
Trillion: 1,000,000,000,000
Quintillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
Sextillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Nonillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Centillion: 1 followed by 303 zeros
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The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has an amazing display whose sole purpose is to convey the differences between orders of magnitude. I highly recommend anyone visting NYC visit it.
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A billion seconds being 31 years is a far better analogy to me than Costco. Thanks for posting it! So, If I had a printing press that spit out a dollar bill every second, it would take 31 years to print a billion dollars. WOW! We are advancing technology at an astounding rate. We can now "print" a billion dollars in just a few seconds!
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Those figures are very impressive....and my Admiral can spend a Billion faster than an AIG Bailout loan...
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To translate Millions, Billions and Trillions as time is the best way I have seen to really wrap your head around how much it really is.

Another way to put it is we, and our children and their children are being screwed!!!

What ever happened to "Do it for the children" mantra?
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If you spent a million dollars, every day, since Christ was born, you would not have spent a trillion dollars yet!!!!!

How's that for perspective.
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The debt clock is being upgraded, where's my new calculator?

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88903

In September 2008, the digital display on the Times Square National Debt Clock was modified to eliminate the dollar sign, so the national debt in tens of trillions of dollars could be displayed.

The clock, created in 1989 by Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst, is now being redesigned so it can display the national debt in numbers measured in the hundreds of millions, with a dollar sign that could be eliminated should the national debt ever reach $1 quadrillion.

The new clock should be ready to install early this year.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe.
And today they're politicians and major corporation executives in the U.S.
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Still one of my favorites; http://www.peterrussell.com/Odds/WorldClock.php

Click on [now] and see how fast things add up.

Also select the Food Stuff clock and see how fast food if produced.
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http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html
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Originally Posted by GhostShip View Post

GhostShip that is the BEST visual example of $1-trillion I have ever seen!!!
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Originally Posted by GhostShip View Post
Unfrickinbelieveable!!!!

It took both parties to get us to this point but what gets me is that some say the answer is that going further into debt will get us out and make the dollar stronger!?;?

I don't want to name names or point fingers that will cause this to be "Bilge" bound.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
GhostShip that is the BEST visual example of $1-trillion I have ever seen!!!
Wish I could claim the credit It's BRILLIANT!!!!!

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