Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

A trillion dollars, illustrated in Google Sketchup.

PageTutor takes Google Sketchup for a spin to show us what a trillion dollars would look like, stacked up in hundred dollar bills.
One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

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.
He does a nice progression from a single bill to stacked pallet-loads of them. (You probably want to look at it soon in case the Treasury gets upset at him using the image of the hundred dollar bill.)

Now I'd like to see someone do a graphic of a trillion euros in five hundred euro notes. It'd be nearly five times more compact (not quite, because the €500 note is physically larger than the $100). It'd be clear why the €500 note is more popular with people who need to transport large quantities of cash...
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