Friday, April 10, 2009

A Trillion Here, A Trillion There

"Trying to make ends meet,
trying to find some money then you die"
The Verve

Since the Feds just announced another trillion dollar bailout program, again. (I think this one is to bailout Oprah's Book of the Month Club...the increase in the price of paper is killing her.) Someone thought it would be "fun" to illustrate visually just how much money a trillion dollars is.

Take a look at all your tax dollars getting ready to go up in smoke. This should make you feel a lot better when you get your pay stub today and see all the taxes the Feds withheld.


Start with a simple $100 bill


A packet of $100 bills worth $10,000 is less than 1/2 inch thick.


This little pile of cash can easily fit into any backpack and weighs just about 22 lbs.


$100 million fits neatly on any standard pallet, weighing in at a little over one ton.


$1 billion is ten pallets worth of cold, hard cash.


Finally, here’s one trillion dollars (that little guy in the picture is shorter than I)


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