We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently it is the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.
packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains
$10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or
two of fun.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is
$1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into
a grocery bag and walk around with it.
While a measly $1
million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more
respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
we'll look at ONE 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. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.
You ready for this?
It's pretty surprising.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.