What does a trillion dollars look like?
I was a zero. I came to grips with it in 9th
grade when my girlfriend said c'ya. Because I didn’t play in the big game Friday night? Because I’d rather
spend a Saturday on a launch ramp trying to pull backsides? Probably
both, me… a zero. Back then I thought zeros were bad. Turns out the more zeros
you parade the bigger and badder your story really is.
So, what does a trillion look like and what comes next?
First: When trillion becomes old school, what will replace
A Tale Of Many Zeros
Next: How do a trillion cool ones stack up?
The illustration starts with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the
largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly
fewer have owned them. Benji’s are certain to make friends wherever they go.
A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. 100 burritos can fit in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.
Believe it or
not, this next little pile is $1 million worth of bills (100 packets of
$10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.
While a measly
$1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million in bread is a bit more
respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
And 1 billion bux... now we're getting somewhere...
Notice the pallets are double stacked.
...and remember those are $100 bills.
The next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.