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What comes after trillion?

November 25, 2008

From Bloomberg yesterday:

“Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. government is prepared to provide more than $7.76 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers after guaranteeing $306 billion of Citigroup Inc. debt yesterday. The pledges, amounting to half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, are intended to rescue the financial system after the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.”

Yow, they’ve got that much money in the bank?

This recession they’re talking trillion-dollar rescues. In the next recessionary cycle, here’s what you can expect.

million = 10 to the power of 6
billion = 10 to the power of 9
trillion = 10 to the power of 12
quadrillion = 10 to the power of 15
quintillion = 10 to the power of 18
hexillion = 10 to the power of 21
heptillion = 10 to the power of 24
octillion = 10 to the power of 27
nonillion = 10 to the power of 30
decillion = 10 to the power of 33
unodecillion = 10 to the power of 36
duodecillion = 10 to the power of 39

You know what’s a google? (Actually its googol).

1 googol = 10 the the power of 100.

And to think how hard we work our butts off just to make a couple of thousand.

Edit: To put the number trillion in perspective,

Our sun is 93 million miles away. If the US govt paid you US$100 a mile (=1.6km) to drive your car there and back, you’ve only taken $18.6 billion out of the $7,760,000 billion they’re pledging to Citi.

Another way of seeing it is if they paid you $1 for every mile you’re traveling, you can travel for 1 whole year at the speed of light (300,000 km/second) and still not be able to draw down the entire $7.76 trillion. 1 light year = 6 trillion miles.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2008 9:28 am

    aargh!!! Forget it! Jake the peg could only count to 25… I’m only a little better. Numbers used to give me headaches in primary school.

    Jake can count to 25… thousand? Maybe that’s how much he charges per stage performance, hehe. Counting can be fun, but only if its your own money.

  2. November 25, 2008 9:36 am

    I doubt this is going to be a long term solution. They’re just minimizing the IMPACT. =_= And once this become useless, the damage will be much bigger…

    I had no idea restarting the stalled Wall Street engine was going to be this costly. China must be watching all this with a smile…. China & Japan own US$1,180 billion of US treasury securities and they can allow the US to drop off the cliff by itself if they want to.

  3. November 25, 2008 1:25 pm

    Japan is not in a very good situation themselves šŸ˜€

    Yeah, China is poised to become the world’s no. 2 economy next year which will put Jpn in #3. Their population is aging too fast I think.

  4. November 25, 2008 2:18 pm

    oh my, i am seeing so many 00000000000000

    You see 0’s and I see stars, hehe. šŸ˜€

  5. November 27, 2008 11:10 am

    Hahaha… Jake could count to 25 only… But Rolf Harris could count way beyond that. And he’s been counting since the days of black and white TV… and that’s a long time, and he’s still at it. I don’t mind having someone else do the counting while I have so much fun singing funny songs & flashing my dentures.

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