Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just How Much IS a Trillion Dollars?

When you hear all the media talking about a trillion dollars, they throw out the term casually and you don’t really think about what that really means.  A trillion is one thousand billion.  A billion is one thousand million. 

To put this into perspective, if you could spend one million dollars a day every day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t spend a trillion. 

I found this neat graphic online, courtesy of

The graphic depicts an average human being, and the denomination of the money is $100 bills.

A bundle of $100 bills is equivalent to $10,000 and that can easily fit in your pocket. One million dollars would fit inside a standard shopping bag while a billion dollars (stacked on standard sized pallets) would occupy a small room of your house.


With this background in mind, 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is 1000 times bigger than 1 billion and would therefore take up an entire football field - the man is still standing in the bottom-left corner….and notice, the pallets are double stacked!

Eye-opening, isn’t it?


  1. Totally eye opening ... thanks for this.

  2. Holy cow thats a lot of money

  3. thanks obama, you dick.

  4. The Catholic Church has that deep of a pocket ... lol

  5. Ancient Artifacts, Gold, Silver, a gazillion billion belivers all over the planet with Catholic Churches as pawns etc etc.. I truely say to you that if anyone one establishment has a trillion gazilion dollars is The Catholic church ..... :):):)