Archive for March 12, 2012

Finally, they’ve sewed up my head after trying to conceptualize this number (actually, it was a means to procrastinate but you’ve probably already guessed that), and I ‘m writing more:

In short, visually this is what one looks like except that it’s five hundred times more. And those are all enormous stacks of $100 dollar bills.

One quadrillion dollars

Notice the small person by the side for scale.

This is a packet of $10,000:

This is a bunch of $100 million and makes up the very top image:

And now come the interesting calculations. Well, I hope. If managed to clone Bill Gates and his net worth to each assigned duplicate billionaire, you’d need 14,696 of them in order to be equal to one quadrillion dollars. For Steve Jobs, it would have to increase to 99,066 (one quadrillion dollars / steve jobs or bill gate’s net worth). It has been calculated that Bill Gates unlike other people, wakes up $3.7 million richer than when he went to bed, thus, based on what he currently has right now, (one quadrillion dollars – bill gates net worth)/$3.7 million, it would take him 270.3 million days or 740,549 years, 6.7 times the time from the last glacial period to accumulate that amount. Why am I using insanely rich people to base these measurements on? Because it would take normal people like you and me 31.25 billion years  (one quadrillion dollars – $200,000)/$81.67. Twice the age of the universe.

If you had one quadrillion dollars, in short you could buy everyone in the entire world 7936 full english breakfasts. You could also buy one million coffee’s every single second, you could keep going strong for 15 years, 10 months, 7 days, 20 hours, 53 minutes, and 20 seconds. Dosen’t sound like much? By that time, you’d have enough caffeinated beverages to keep every man, woman, and child on this earth up until 4:00 in the morning, for more than two centuries and yourself up for 1.37 trillion years (one hundred times the age of the universe). That’s what one quadrillion dollars can do. One quadrillion dollars can also squash you flat, each note weighs one gram. One quadrillion grams is 10^12 kilograms.

But is ONE QUADRILLION DOLLARS really enough? After all, $650.3 quadrillion worth of gold exists in the oceans.

See you next time with ONE QUINTILLION DOLLARS. No, maybe a bit more…….yes. ONE VIGINTILLION……no, wait. That’s the last one.

Many of you reading this article may have tried to imagine what ife would be like if you were the grand owner of one trillion dollars. You can’t. In fact, a normal person’s head would explode if they tried to conceptualize the value of one trillion dollars. It dosen’t seem like much, after all, it’s just a one with twelve zeroes. Imagine this. You’re a well-known trillionaire with a craving for the Rolls-Royce phantom ($385,000), and you decide with your new found wealth you want to buy one every single day. Naturally, you completely underestimate how long it’ll take for you to spend. After one hundred years, you’d still have $982.8 billion dollars, and finally decide to go back in a time machine to tell your 100-year younger self to spend it by the hour instead. You go back to the present to discover that 582.9 billion dollars is still there and gaining interest (yes, you earn 34 billion dollars for free each year). Wait, actually because you get 34 billion dollars for free each year, multiply that by one hundred……compound interest rates…..dude, you’ll never be able to get rid of one trillion dollars.

Enough with the Rolls-Royce, think of something most people would actually spend something on. Yes, I know. One chocolate bar every single second. That’ll give you something to crunch on, 1.333 trillion chocolate bars. And it’ll still take 31,710 years to finish them off. Now lets consider something a lot better. One hundred thousand full english breakfasts per second . Since each one costs $16, you’re spending $1,600,000 per second and finally after one hundred years you’ve landed yourself 1.043 quadrillion dollars in debt. So how long can you go before going bankrupt? The answer is a whooping seven days, five hours, 36 minutes, and 40 seconds (so even if you think that’s tiny, consider that by then you’ll have 62,500,000,000 full english breakfasts and enough to feed every poor person in Africa sixty full english breakfasts.)

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many 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 the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits 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 dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

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

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

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Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars




$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

Notice those pallets are double stacked.
…and remember those are $100 bills.

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