What does $1 trillion look like?

Credit here for this excellent visual. Thanks to Strike the Root for the link.

$100. We’ll start with a hundred dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.
$10,000. A packet of one hundred hundred dollar bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains ten thousand dollars. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for a week or two of shamefully decadent fun.
$1,000,000. Believe it or not, this next little pile is a million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.
$100,000,000. While a measly 1 million dollars looked a little unimpressive, 100 million dollars is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…
$1,000,000,000. A BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…


$1,000,000,000,000. A TRILLION dollars! This is that number we’ve been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. And notice that those pallets are double-stacked. So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… this is what they’re talking about.

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