Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On My Mind Today

1) Am still obsessed with understanding what a trillion looks like.

According to the Washington Post, if you counted out in $1,000 bills, a million dollars would be a stack 4 inches high. A billion dollars would be 358 feet high. And a trillion? 67.9 MILES high.

Which leads to my other thought:

2) Who is on the $1,000 bill? I didn't even know such a thing existed.

It's Grover Cleveland, forgotten but not gone.


Turns out the bill isn't in circulation, which kind of screws up the Washington Post's math.

3) Naturally, I had to find out who's on the rest of the money.

5 comments:

Amy Jo said...

There IS (or was) a two dollar bill!? So how do we get away with saying, "As phony as a two dollar bill"?

heddy said...

This helped me picture a trillion.

http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=71848742587&h=0b8zf&u=0lSNc

Maybe it will help you too.

Marc Acito said...

Thanks, Heddy. That TOTALLY helps.

Rick said...

Your link doesn't have a $100 bill. Interesting.

Kate said...

Marc,

I just read a really interesting article about blogging authors I thought you might be interested in (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090306.wbkread07/BNStory/globebooks/home).

So far I think all the people reading this blog love you, but if you don't finish "Jazz Hands" soon we may decide to revolt.

Kate