January 13, 2009

Billions and Billions.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:11 pm

These days of multiple bailouts have us tossing around some pretty big dollar numbers as if they were pocket change. Three-hundred billion dollars for this, fifty billion dollars for that, and now President-elect Barack __ Obama it talking about a stimulus package that will be a whopping $775 billion.

Let’s step back for a moment.

A billion is a thousand million. Consider that a billion seconds equals approximately 32 years. So, a billion seconds ago it was 1976. 775 billion seconds ago would take you back to 23,000 B.C., and you could very well bump into a Cro-Magnon man. He’d probably want a bailout.

Here’s an interesting depiction of how a mere 315 billion (feh!) one-dollar bills would stack up.

Pretty sickening, if you ask me.

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