American Elephants

How Much is A Trillion? by The Elephant's Child
October 26, 2008, 7:24 pm
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  • A million seconds is 11.5 days.  A billion seconds is 32 years.  A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.
  • A tightly-packed stack of new $100 bills totaling $1 million would be about 4 feet high.  A billion dollar stack of $100 bills would be 4,000 feet high, or 3 Sears Towers stacked on top of each other.
    A stack of $100 bills totaling $1 trillion would be 789 miles high or 144 Mr. Everests stacked on top of one another.
  • In 2007, Microsoft generated $51 billion in revenue — sales, not profits.  To reach a trillion dollars in revenue, we’d need 20 Microsofts.
  • A box that holds a case of copier paper will hold about $72,000 one-dollar bills.  It would take 1.4 billion boxes to hold a trillion dollars.
  • With $1 trillion, everyone living in America in 2008 could have 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.                                          (from

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