## Tuesday, September 13, 2011

### The Trillion Dollar Question...

So how much is a trillion? The U.S is in debt well over 15.6 trillion dollars already and the number keeps climbing every second...

Take a look for yourself WARNING: NOT FOR THE EASILY DISCOURAGED seeing the actual debt number is scary.

Back to the question. How much is a trillion? Prepare your brain and try to comprehend.
1 Trillion= 1,000,000,000,000

A Trillion can also be thought as a Million Millions or 1,000 Billions equals 1 Trillion. Imagine that you were to have this fantastic job that paid you one dollar for every second you work. There are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. If you were only getting paid for a 40-hour work week for all 52 weeks of the year (2080 hours), you would be getting paid \$7,488,000 in a year.
If you were getting your \$1/sec rate for every second of the year, thus including weekends, you would take in \$31,536,000 for the entire year! At this rate, to earn a trillion dollar, you would have to work more than...wait for it... 31,709 YEARS! holy f*** xD Even if they magnanimously paid you \$1,000/sec, it would still take you more than 31 years to earn that first \$1 Trillion.

U.S. Budget and National Debt
One Trillion is 10 to the 12th power, or a thousand, thousand, thousand, thousand. To Put things in perspective, current estimates put the number of stars in the Milky Way at somewhere between let's say... 100 and 400 billion. The U.S. population is slightly over 303 million, and the world population is around 6 billion.

Million seconds= 11.5 days

100 single, \$1. dollars in a stack= 1/2 inch high
A Million \$100.bills in a stack = 4 feet high
A Billion \$100.bills in a stack = 4000 feet high
A Trillion \$100.bills in a stack = 789 miles high

To spend a Trillion at the rate of \$100./day = 2.7 million years!

Thus, the national budget of \$3 Trillion= the distance of children (4 ft high) standing on each others' shoulders = distance to Saturn's rings.