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Million. Billion. Trillion.

When these are no longer big enough, what comes next?

And are our leaders properly briefed and ready to use the next big number in a suitably confident and reassuring way?

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Did you not use google before posting?

Google is your friend.

Thanks.

Well, it crossed my mind, but I'm rather glad I resisted the temptation, it's answers are boringly and predictably serious. While on the subject, what about a googol? Isn't that a one followed by a hundred zeroes? Would very nearly big enough to buy a loaf of bread in a couple of years, and Sir Merv will still be stuck on half a percent - "inflationary pressures will work through the system by this time next year, or the year after. Soon, anyway." etc etc

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Quadrllion. Then quintillion, sextillion, septillion etc...

Though to be honest the numbers are getting so big it might be best to start using scientific notation. eg the EFSF aims to raise 10^12 Euros.

This is a nice way of putting it all in perspective: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_of_magnitude_(numbers). The EFSF is aiming to raise as many euros as there are fish in the oceans.

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10^?

10 to the power of...

(generally 10^x is 1 followed by x zeros).

Scientific notation would also remove the ambiguity between the long scale (which some countries use, where every next step is a million times the previous one) and the short scale (which other countries use, where every next step is a thousand times the previous one). It's very confusing to talk billions when it means a thousand million to some, and a million million to others!

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I suggest the British New Pound ( BNP ;-) ) which is worth 1000 old pounds. Simples

Ah. Just realised, not so simples. Divided minimum wage per hour by 1000 and it disappeared. Oh well, never mind, as long as the bankers are happy that is all that matters.

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Ah. Just realised, not so simples. Divided minimum wage per hour by 1000 and it disappeared. Oh well, never mind, as long as the bankers are happy that is all that matters.

Makes you realise the enormity of the mess we are in though doesn't it?

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The big numbers past a trillion, in ascending powers of ten, are as follows: quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, undecillion, duodecillion, tredecillion, quattuordecillion, and quindecillion (that's 10 to the 48th, or a one followed by 48 zeros). But wait -- there's more.

The highest number listed on Robert Munafo's table, which coincidentally is our new favorite number, is a milli-millillion. Say that three times fast! That's 10 to the 3000003rd. For something closer to home, a centillion is 10 to the 303rd.

The googolplex has often been nominated as the largest named number in the world. If a googol is ten to the one hundredth, then a googolplex is one followed by a googol of zeroes. Ugh, we think we feel a headache coming on.

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Someone's weekly dole wouldn't pay for one banker's shoe.

But they'll demand it regardless.

Got a job? Well sorry you're too expensive and have to go. Your demand? Ha that is no longer required sonshine.

Got savings? Yep We will need that too i'm afraid, maybe you'd be better off investing in one of our products instead?!?

Got a pension? Ha sucker.

Everyone needs to pay for their mess, even those who have nothing. It's called 'wealth creation', and £1m+ salaries and bonuses don't pay for themselves you know.

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Someone's weekly dole wouldn't pay for one banker's shoe.

But they'll demand it regardless.

Got a job? Well sorry you're too expensive and have to go. Your demand? Ha that is no longer required sonshine.

Got savings? Yep We will need that too i'm afraid, maybe you'd be better off investing in one of our products instead?!?

Got a pension? Ha sucker.

Everyone needs to pay for their mess, even those who have nothing. It's called 'wealth creation', and £1m+ salaries and bonuses don't pay for themselves you know.

Get on yer bike, and we'll pay you a pillion.

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Million. Billion. Trillion.

When these are no longer big enough, what comes next?

And are our leaders properly briefed and ready to use the next big number in a suitably confident and reassuring way?

It's a Brazillian............. maybe time for a haircut!

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