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What a trillion dollars looks like

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posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 10:41 PM
Great thread, Karl!

One more statistic: It cost around 200 million dollars to build both towers of the World Trade Center in NYC.

So 700 billion dollars is equivalent to 3500 World Trade Centers.

That is, of course, 35 World Trade Centers for each of the top 100 cities in the USA. (The 100th largest city in the US is Modesto, California.)

Edit: 3500 World Trade Centers = 7000 buildings of 100+ stories, equivalent to approximately 1200 square miles of office space, roughly equivalent to the size of Rhode Island. Hmmm. Money well spent!

[edit on 23-9-2008 by Buck Division]

posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 11:07 PM
Just one more statistic, for fun.

The Westinghouse AP1000 Nuclear Reactor costs about $1250 per Kilowatt-hour to build.

So $700 billion, if applied to meeting our energy concerns with nuclear power, could provide approximately 500 million Kilowatt-hours of new energy.

The entire USA currently requires 1140 billion Kilowatt-hours of energy to run all the households.

So $700 billion COULD NOT complete replace our current electrical energy infrastructure, at least with nuclear power plants. It would cost more like $1.4 trillion to do that.

posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 11:31 PM
The original poster's visual illustration with the car next to the dollar bills
was outstanding. Thank-you! My uncle went on a tirade when the news
broadcast that George Bush wanted $35 Billion of taxpayer money to fund
the Iraq war in 2004. I'll never forget that. There's NO WAY I'm going
to bring up this $700 billion corporate rescue the next time he's in
town! LOL.

posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 11:40 PM
I think a picture of something like a small country from Google earth would work the best in visualizing a trillion dollars.

Originally posted by 44soulslayer

Basically there is a hell of a lot more they could spend money on. I would even be happy with a $700bn spend on space travel, anti-gravity, transport technology etc. Anything to cultivate progress and discovery as opposed to wasting money to maintain our current situation.

Have you only been reading political threads on ATS? All that technology already exists! If you developed such technology one day, went public then second day, you would be executed the third. And besides NASA is a waste of money.

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 01:02 AM
It's too late, the game is almost over. We as a people had plenty of time to wake up to what is going on, but we didn't. The dollar is finished. The United States could be also.

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 05:42 PM
Its just disgusting how much money that is!

Scientific research is totally strapped for money. Only a small fraction of newly submitted RO1-NIH grants are funded, and even grants that are renewed from established professors of 20+ years are being rejected.

As I sit here in the lab, I have to think long and hard about the experiments I could do - if I had the money, and the experiments I can afford to do- since they are cheap. Of course the newer the technology the more expensive it is, but also allows scientists to develop new hypothesese and have the tools to anwer the questions. Its a struggle every day in Science regardless, but the money issue compounds it 1000-fold.

Healthcare, education, infrastructure, scholarships, grants, technologies we have enough money funneled into this? newp. sad sad sad!

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 09:21 PM
Thank you for this thread dude, it has put this in perspective for me.

In addition to the lovely illustrations, I would like to contribute some math of my own.

if every single person in the world (currently estimated to be about 6,739,148,300, or six billion, seven hundred thirty nine million, one hundred forty eight thousand, three hundred at the time of posting) put up $100, it STILL wouldn't be enough to pay for this! Alternatively, we could give every person in the world $100 dollars instead of giving it to the richest people on the face of this little blue planet.

There is an estimated 300,000,000 (three hundred million) US citizens as of 2007. If this passes, congress will be taking $2,334 or two thousand three hundred and thirty four dollars away from every single one of us and giving it to these devious thieving people who think they own the world.

It's absolutely ridiculous. If this passes and the people don't revolt violently, they never will and we're completely screwed because of it. I'm serious people, if YOU let them get away with this, they can get away with anything.

posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 10:20 PM

I to remain impressed!!

To have like IMPRESSIVELY...

posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 05:06 AM

Originally posted by Karlhungis
reply to post by 44soulslayer

I agree. Imagine what could be done with the money if they were to spend it in a beneficial manner.


DO you realize ONE MAN has a good part of half that... ( he could have a fire that would out last his own mortality,,, ten bills at a time)

I know your a RP supporter ( I believe so at least).

Given your political views or human views what do you think would be a better use for all that MULLAH?$$$$$$$$$

I have thought about it but I don't think I could rightfully speculate.

BUT how about you? GO back to its pockets of origin?

posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 12:19 PM
reply to post by 44soulslayer

+ money on AIDS research. The rate of AIDS has hit 45% in Malawi, Swaziland etc. What good is food for these people when they are going to die anyway?

Just so it isn't a one line post here's a few more...

posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 03:11 PM
It is hard to do math in the trillions with your average calculator because you need 12 zeros.... Add up the bailouts - $700billion, then $800billion and Obama's proposed $700billion and you get $2,200,000,000,000.00 or two trillion,two hundred billion. Devide that by 350,000,000 (350 million) and I think you get $6,285,714,200 or 6.2 billion. So they could have given every man, woman, child and dog in America six billion dollars. Now that would have stimulated the economy!!!

posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 03:47 PM

Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Devide that by 350,000,000 (350 million) and I think you get $6,285,714,200 or 6.2 billion. So they could have given every man, woman, child and dog in America six billion dollars. Now that would have stimulated the economy!!!

The actual bailout total is now around $8.5 Trillion if you add in all the debt that has been guaranteed by our government. But even that is about $28,000 for every person living in America - nowhere near six billion dollars. What's truly mind boggling is that $8.5 Trillion is over $1000 for every person alive on the PLANET.

posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 04:00 PM
Thats truly frightening. Its just ridiculous how theyre getting away with doing what theyre doing.

Shut 'em down Americans... ASAP.

posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 04:31 PM
reply to post by blupblup

you need grammer lessons.

i like tacos, you nerd!

i loved your mom last night

posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 06:45 PM
1 million seconds = about 11 days

1 billion seconds = about 33 years

1 trillion seconds = about 31,700 years

posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 09:53 PM
Okay, I felt like crunching numbers. I'm a bloke - so I tried to crunch a trillion in terms of the average male... Don't blame me if the original figures are a little smaller than you would like - they all came from here.

I really wanted to do something with all those astronomical unit (AU) results, but to be honest I cant be bothered - make of it what you will.

Average male height: 1.77m
1.77 multiplied by a trillion is...1,770,000,000,000 meters
or 11.83171921 AU

Average male Weight: 78.2Kg
78.2 times a trillion = 78,200,000,000,000 kilogrames

Average male chest: 1.00m
1.00 times a trillion = 1,000,000,000,000 meters
or 6.68458712267060 AU

Average male Waist: 0.835m
0.835 times a trillion = 835,000,000,000 meters
or 5.58163024742995 AU

Average male Thigh: 0.54m
0.54 times a trillion = 540,000,000,000 meters
or 3.60967704624212 AU

Average male Hips; 0.92m
0.92 times a trillion = 920,000,000,000 meters
or 6.14982015285695 Au

Average flaccid penis length: 0.098806m
0.098806 times a trillion = 98,806,000,000 meters
or 0.66047731524259

Average erect penis length: 0.157734m
0.157734 times a trillion = 157,734,000,000 meters
or 1.05438666520732

Average testicle length: 0.0508m
0.0508 times a trillion = 50,800,000,000 meters
or 0.33957702583167 AU

Average testicle breath: 0.02032m
0.02032 times a trillion = 20,320,000,000 meters
or 0.13583081033267AU

Average testicle diameter: 0.03048m
0.03048 times a trillion = 30,480,000,000 meters
or 0.20374621549900 AU

Average male nipple diameter: 0.005588m
0.005588 times a trillion = 5,588,000,000
or 0.03735347284148 AU

Average ejaculatory Volume: 0.04 cubic meters
0.04 times a trillion = 40,000,000,000
or 1.333 times the volume of Antarctica.

Ejaculate Calorific Content: 5 cal
5 times a trillion = 5,000,000,000,000 5 cal
or 20,920,000,000,000 calories
or 20,920,000,000 kCals
or 435.83 tonnes of petrolium

or...5230 tonnes of TNT...
damn, I'm gonna say the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was rated at 15,000!
Thats like 1/3rd of all that power, so 1/3rd of a trillion... you know.
And sometimes that stuff gets wasted??

Sperm length: 0.0000004m
0.0000004 times a trillion = 400,000

FEEL FREE TO PULL THESE NUMBERS TO BITS - only I know how much I've actually drunk

[edit on 1/12/2008 by Now_Then]

posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 07:00 AM
Think about were they keep this sort of money! were football stadiums? under the sea? in caves? did you know the U.S. goverment lost 2.2 Trillion dollars from just the pentagon alone? and announced it on the 10 of sept 2001? well judging by that illustration its over twice that size!!! it must be down the back of the sofa somewere! il tell you how you can lose trillions and trillions of dollars! you dont....there just numbers on a computer screen! it never existed. think about it! thats how banks work. read about what happerns when you deposit money into your own bank account it will amaze you!

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