Monday, February 16, 2009

The fierce urgency of expressing one trillion in useless terms...

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The stimulus package rounds to one trillion dollars. One needs a round figure if one is going to make some foolish comparison like...

How many McDonalds happy meals could you buy every man, woman, and child on earth?
How high could you stack a trillion dollars in $100 bills?
The list goes on but you get the idea.

Not to be outdone, I have decided to throw in my trillion dollars.

If you had one trillion dollars in dimes, you could make 35 stacks of dimes that would reach the moon. (For most of the stacking, you will have to hold your breath.)

One trillion dollars would buy every man, woman, and child in Michigan two shiny, new base model Chevrolet Corvettes.

We don't know exactly how many stars there are in the Milky Way but using the upper estimate of 400 billion, we could give each star $2.50.

You could buy each registered car in the United States approximately 2,100 gallons of gas depending on the price at the time.

You could make the movie Superman Returns 3,717 times, but why would you want to?

Depending on which estimate you believe (they vary greatly), you could send a manned mission to Mars between two and five times.

We could build 5,700 more World War II memorials.

You could buy 10,084,711,577 shares of Apple Computer stock although I would suggest a more diversified portfolio.


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1 comment:

Liz said...

I really enjoyed your blog. I am so irrated about this "spendulus" package. I often don't know where or how to vent my anger and concerns over our government's lack of governing from both sides.