18
Dec
09

What ONE TRILLION dollars looks like in dollar bills

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Have you ever thought about it. What would 1 trillion dollars look like, layed out in front of you?

I mean, these numbers numbers are tossed around like doggie treats.

So I thought I’d take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently it’s the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.

Pretty much, everyone has seen a $100 bill. But fewer have owned them. :-)

They’re also guaranteed to make friends wherever you go!

$100 

A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000.

It’s fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decent fun.

 

Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (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 is a little more respectable.

It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

 

And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…

 

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars.

This is that number we’ve been hearing about so much.

What is a trillion dollars anyway?

Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros ($1,000,000,000,000)

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Scroll down…I give you $1 trillion dollars

Almost there…

 

(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

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2 Responses to “What ONE TRILLION dollars looks like in dollar bills”


  1. 1 Alan Scott
    19 December 2009 at 10:31

    “We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently it’s the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.”

    There was a $100,000 Woodrow Wilson bill. Back in the 30s or 40s there is a story of a guy who used to go around to bars in the coal mining regions of Pa. with a $1,000 bill. When it came time to pay for his drinks he would lay down the bill knowing nobody could break it. One bar owner finally gathered up enough money, so that when the $1,000 bill hit the bar, he picked it up and made change, to everyone’s amazement and amusement.

    Back in the 1930s WC Fields did a radio skit where he was a Drug Store owner and a customer asked him if he could make change for a hundred dollar bill. “I heard a lot about them , but never had one. Thank you for the compliment though.”

    A hundred dollar bill was worth a little bit more than it is today. I think roughly $1200.

  2. 20 December 2009 at 03:36

    With the decline of the dollar, $100 still seems big!


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