Saturday, March 07, 2009

A Trillion Seconds, A Trillion Dollars

If we start with something a bit more reasonable--a million (1,000,000) for instance--we can figure that a million seconds ago was the middle of last week, about 11 and a half days.

A million minutes ago puts us back in the spring of 2007--almost two years ago.

Now let's jump to a billion. We can calculate that a billion (1,000,000,000) seconds ago was the fall of 1977 and I was just starting my senior year of high school.

It you make that one billion minutes ago, mankind is just entering into the second century AD and the year is 107 AD. (1901+ years ago) John has just recently written the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ--the last book found in the Bible.

Are you ready for one trillion (1,000,000,000,000)?

A trillion seconds is just over 31,688 YEARS.

How can Congress be talking in terms of a trillion dollars?

Need a visual? Check out this link for an impressive graphic of what a trillion dollars looks like.



fiona said...

WOW talk about perspective!
Oh and I also wanted to tell you that I've just finished reading the "Left Behind" books, have you read them?

wv- satest - one who has mastered the art of sating

Mike said...

I want to see a picture of a google.

Amanda said...

Now THIS is a fantastic "numbers" type post.

Bilbo said...

I wish you hadn't put in that part about your senior year of high school being in the fall of 1977...Mike is probably feeling pretty prehistoric by now.

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