one TRILLION dollars
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...
A billion dollars...
A hundred billion dollars...
Eight hundred billion dollars...
One TRILLION dollars...
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.
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive,
$100 million is a little more respectable.
It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
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.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.