Thursday, September 12, 2013

What Can You Buy With A Trillion Dollars?

I remember when $20 bucks actually was worth something [and I'm not that old]. They say the $100 USD is the new 50.  The value of money is lessening everyday. Is that why we're working harder than ever just to maintain a decent standard of living?

Maybe we should be saving more and spending less? To get an idea of how far money has come. Congress was even considering a Trillion Dollar Coin. See how much a trillion dollars will get you these days.

One trillion is written as the number "1" followed by 12 zeros (1,000,000,000,000). 

One trillion seconds of ordinary clock time = ( 1012 sec)/( 3.16 x 107 sec/yr) = 31,546 years!

Six trillion seconds equals 189,276 years. Now, as an aside, along with the nearly six trillion miles in the light-year, you might be interested to know that there are nearly five trillion dollars in the current U.S. national debt. 

An interesting bit of trivia: If one were to count the national Debt at the rate of one dollar per second, he or she would have to use a mechanical counter to click off the digits. Why? Because, if he or she counted in the usual way, saying "one, two, three, …" etc., there would be numbers whose names are so large, that it would take more than a second of clock time to pronounce them. For example: "Nine hundred and ninety nine billion, nine hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine," takes about 8 seconds to pronounce.)

[Source: NASA]

[Video Addendum 9/14/13]

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