I have asked people to just simply stop and think about what a trillion dollars really is, since so many just seem to toss the number around as though it's not that much more than a billion. It frustrates me because just a handful or so years ago, a 'trillion' was rarely used when talking about money. It was an 'out-there' amount of cash. Now, heck, trillion this, trillion that, who cares.... I Care! And so should you. So here is a fun little thing to show you what a trillion dollars actually looks like (since it would take you more than 31,000 YEARS to actually count to one trillion, it's better to show you in a few simple steps or you would be dead long before hitting that special trillion number in your head)
ps in case you don't believe me that it would take 31000+ YEARS to count to one trillion, it's pretty easy to figure out. If you count one number per second, that's 1 trillion seconds (obviously).
1 trillion seconds / 60 (seconds in a minute) = 16666666666 minutes
16666666666 minutes / 60 (minutes in an hour) = 277777777 hours
277777777 hours / 24 (hours in a day) = 11574074 days
11574074 days / 365 (days in a year) = 31,709 YEARS
or if you prefer, you could speed things up a bit and count 2 numbers per second, then it would only take you 15,854 years. Phew that sounds much better!