With the economic stimulus package estimated to cost around one trillion dollars, there have been numerous (and some humorous) ways to put that number in perspective. Here’s one that I particularly liked.

First – the math:

• 1 (one)
• 10 (ten)
• 100 (one hundred)
• 1,000 (one thousand)
• 10,000 (ten thousand)
• 100,000 (hundred thousand)
• 1,000,000 (one million)
• 10,000,000 (ten million)
• 100,000,000 (hundred million)
• 1,000,000,000 (one billion)
• 10,000,000,000 (ten billion)
• 100,000,000,000 (hundred billion)
• 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion)

Now the analogy:

• If someone spent one million dollars per day each and every day since Jesus was born, it would take another 731 years (beyond today) before one trillion dollars was spent.
• \$1,000,000,000,000 / \$1,000,000 per day = one million days
• one million days / 365 = 2740 years
• 2740 – 2009 = 731 (years remaining)
February 7, 2009 10:59 am

Thanks Bob. This is a good illustration. NOW I AM MAD AGAIN.

August 17, 2009 10:42 am

Anybody got change for a nickel?

January 24, 2010 6:07 pm

…or counting seconds it would take you about 12 days to get to 1 million…

…30 years to get to 1 billion seconds…

…now drum roll please… it would take a staggering 30,000 years to count to 1 trillion…

…MAD AGAIN? Looks like people will be getting ‘mad again’ for a loooong time.