Million vs. Billion

To grasp the difference between a million (1,000,000) and a billion (1,000,000,000), consider the following:

  • It takes about 11 and a half day for one million seconds to tick.
  • And it takes almost 32 years (yeah, that’s right) for one billion seconds to tick!

Now think about the US Treasury’s $700 billion financial stabilization fund for a moment.

The current US population is 305 million, if you remove approximately 27% who are below 18 and also exclude the 12% “underclass” (below poverty line) citizens, then it leaves each remaining person (adult, working/retired) in the US paying $1 out of his/her pocket evey day for next 4 years to reach to that figure!


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