Thursday, February 5, 2009

This is what I have been banging on about for a while now. People have become numb to numbers.

Numb and number: Is trillion the new billion?

NEW YORK (CNN) -- In that strange intersection of economics and politics, there is a new fashion: Trillion is the new billion. One trillion $1 bills stacked one on top of the other would reach nearly 68,000 miles into the sky. 1 of 2 A billion is a thousand million, and a trillion is a thousand billion. To provide some perspective on just how big a trillion dollars is, think about it like this: A trillion dollars is the number 1 followed by 12 zeroes. Or you can think of it this way: One trillion $1 bills stacked one on top of the other would reach nearly 68,000 miles (about 109,400 kilometers) into the sky, or about a third of the way from the Earth to the moon.

Posted by flintster1994 @ 03:37 PM (541 views)
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3 thoughts on “This is what I have been banging on about for a while now. People have become numb to numbers.

  • it’s not just numb ers

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  • Happy_renting says:

    A US Billion is 1,000,000,000. In British English, and German, the word ‘Billion’ meant 1,000,000,000,000, a US Trillion. More recently the US meaning of the word has been pervasive, and the UK press invariably use the word ‘Billion’ in the US Sense.

    So no, in the UK, Trillion is not the new Billion. Trillion is the old Billion.

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  • @flinster1994

    “People have become numb to numbers”

    Seconded. I invite any readers with a couple of minutes to burn up with lighthearted frivolity to follow up comment number 9 at http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/newsblog/2009/01/blog-our-money-21074.php

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