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10/12/08

Fun with mathematics day: One Trillion Dollars

Or maybe you like visuals?

I love the way these weirdo numbers just get bandied about nowadays. I mean, I don't have the slightest idea what "a trillion dollars" is....do you? So I decided to work it out.

As a US banknote is 2.61" x 6.14" x 0.0043", one trillion dollars in $100 bills stacked up in a vertical pile it would be 678.66 miles high.

Or if you preferred a big lumpy stack, it would have 398,800 cubic feet of volume (check the image I found!)

Or if weighing things is your thing, the pile of notes would have a total mass (at sea level) of 9,253.3 metric tonnes.

So the next time you hear them talking about "a trillion this" and "five trillion that" on CNBC, just laugh at 'em, yeah? They don't have the slightest clue, either.