posted on Nov, 16 2013 @ 02:20 AM
I'm guessing this is a faux trillion?
Ya'know, the silly American one thousand billion,
As opposed to the true trillion,
The original million billion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000)
Or is everything being measured on the faux scale now?
It's called the long scale and the short scale, not the faux scale, and yes the US and
UK are fairly dominant presence in the world even though the UK decline started longer ago and the US decline is more recent...they are both still
very influential so the scale they use seems to be dominant in a lot of scientific literature I read. That much is serious, the next part isn't so
First, a milliard sounds more like a type of duck to me than a number.
Second, the UK finally got on board with the short scale when they officially switched over to it in 1974 though the transition began long before
that, maybe because they got tired of not having anything to refer to 1,000,000,000 that didn't sound like a duck.
Third, I guess some countries are taking longer than the UK to get on board with the system that actually has a name for 10 to the 15th power that
doesn't sound like a billiard ball.
Just poking a little fun, as I suppose you were with your "faux" comment, but I find it amazing countries can't agree on what to call big
Also, to the people asking about insulation etc...a few atoms aren't going to melt anything except a few more atoms which you'd hardly notice. This
is why you'd freeze to death at a temperature of 1 million degrees in interstellar space. There are so few million degree atoms, they can't keep you
warm enough to stop you from freezing solid.