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Economic Snapshot: What Else Does One Trillion Equal?


Our unscientific poll.


Amidst ballooning national debt and multiple 12-figure bailouts, an Internet meme recently emerged describing 1 trillion in ways the average person can appreciate. For example, did you know that 1 trillion seconds is approximately 32,000 years? Or that a quilt stitched with 1 trillion dollar bills would cover the entire state of Connecticut?

We were so inspired, we decided to whip out the old abacus and make some calculations of our own. For the sake of all-imortant perspective, here are a few other things 1 trillion is equal to.

What Else Does One Trillion Equal?

It would take over 26 years for General Motors (GM) -- which lost $9.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008 -- to lose $1 trillion dollars.

$1 trillion would buy and sell Warren Buffet 16 times over.
AIG (AIG), which lost $62 billion in its fourth quarter, could do it in just over 4.

Burning 1 trillion dollar bills would create enough energy to power the homes of 100 CEOs for 31 years.

It's enough to keep a struggling porn industry afloat for over 80 years.
$1 trillion would buy enough area rugs to decorate 11,494,252 Merrill-Lynch offices to the exacting specifications of former CEO John Thain.

$1 trillion would support the children of 358,764 octo-moms - from birth through college.
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