Everette Dirksen a politician from Illinois, about 40 years ago made a comment about the federal budget. His comment about controlling the federal budget was ,” You know, a million here a million there and pretty soon it all starts to add up.”
We are now using the words billion and trillion like we used to use million, I wondered how much difference is there between a million and a trillion?
A Little exercise in the US National Debt this morning… Spent some time with a calculator and came up with these numbers although my calculator doesn’t really recognize the idea of a trillion and I’m much older than my calculator.
Suppose you dropped a dollar bill down a hole every second of every hour of every day non-stop. How long would it take you to drop a million dollars in the hole without any food breaks or potty stops? The answer is about 11 1/2 days. Now, to shorten your problem, for you to drop a billion dollars down the same hole at the same rate under the same conditions would take you around 32 years.
Remembering the rules for zero’s in multiplication and division students (sorry…. old habit) because your calculator probably doesn’t do trillions, you will either need to do some hand figuring or just add zeros.
The final test question is, ” at the rate of 1 dollar a second how long would it take you to drop a trillion dollars down the same hole? ( assumption : the hole is deep enough which will be on next weeks test)
Hint: Add three “0”s to the “billion” answer remembering that the label stays the same! The label of course being years.
In round numbers.
A trillion dollars would take 32,000 years at the rate of 1 dollar a second, non-stop.
11 1/2 days = million seconds
32 years = billion seconds
32000 years = trillion seconds
If you take the contract for the dollar a second job it will take about 600 generations for your descendants to finish the job on a trillion dollars