Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Is A Trillion?


We keep hearing about “trillions of dollars” these days. The National Debt is $11 trillion and growing. Heath Care may cost $3 trillion. It’s just too much to fathom! So, just how much is a trillion?


One trillion has 12 zeros: 1,000,000,000,000.

One trillion seconds ago there was no recorded history. It was 31,546 years ago and Homo sapiens had just migrated across the Bering Straits to North America for the first time. No one can count to 1 trillion even at one number per second. First, they won’t live long enough and, second, some numbers can’t be said in one second. Ex: Nine hundred and ninety nine billion, nine hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine.

Texas is roughly 270,000 square miles. One trillion square miles would equal 3.7 million Texas-sized states or about 20 Earths, since we have 50 billion square miles of land above sea level.

If you travel around the world at the equator 40 million times, you would travel one trillion miles.

The national debt is over $11 trillion. Just how much money is that?

A packet of one hundred $100 bills = $10,000

One hundred packets of $10,000 = $ 1 million

10 standard-sized pallets full = $ 1 billion

A thousand billion = a million million = ONE TRILLION dollars.


It should be clear to everyone why this is not acceptable.


  1. Of course its unacceptable, there aren't enough tree to make the paper to print it.