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CommanderShroom
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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2005 09:42      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I saw this posted somewhere and thought it interesting enough to pass it on.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into perspective in one of its releases:

A billion seconds ago, it was 1959.

A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive.

A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends it.

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quantumfluff
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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2005 10:08      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, now I'm in a bad mood.
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Zargof McBain
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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2005 10:43      Profile for Zargof McBain     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ahh but that's one of your measly American 10^9 billions, and not a manly European 10^12 billion.

[Smile]

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2005 14:15      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A billion seconds is 31.something years, so the above comparison was written around 1990.

GWB is spending money at a far greater rate now.

[edit] According to this whitehouse document GWB is spending a billion every 3.65 hours, and running up a billion in debt every 24.09 hours.

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Relativistic
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quote:
Originally posted by Zargof McBain:
Ahh but that's one of your measly American 10^9 billions, and not a manly European 10^12 billion.

[Smile]

So do what's a trillion to you folks? And you just refer to a 10^9 numeric value as "a thousand million"? Weirdos. There's a reason my ancestors left Europe. [Razz]

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