# how much is 10 trillion, like how does compare with something else?

i heard neanderthals walked the earth 1 trillion SECONDS ago!...so how much is 10 trillion?

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• 1 decade ago

try to picture 1000 of something. What was the earth like 1000 years ago? The Byzantine Empire was in power, and Leif Ericson the viking first landed on North America (Greenland).

10 times 1000 years ago was roughly 8000BC, or the end of the Ice Age.

So 1000 is pretty large as far as years are concerned (with a human perspective). Now, there are 3,600 seconds in an hour, 86,400 seconds in a day, and 31,536,000 seconds in a year. 1,000,000,000,000 seconds is a long time ago.

When I try to comprehend large numbers, it sometimes helps to divide them. For example, 10,000,000,000,000 is 10,000 billions or 10 million millions. Just comprehending a million is difficult though.

Imagine you have a puzzle with 1,000 pieces. Just picture an ordinary jigsaw puzzle, and what the pieces look like in a pile before you put the puzzle together. It takes up about 75 to 100 cubic inches of space.

Now you have 1,000 jigsaw puzzles (1 million pieces). If you took them all out of the boxes, you could approximately fill a large kiddie pool with pieces.

Now you have 1,000 kiddie pools filled with puzzle pieces (1 billion pieces). You could now fill 60 18-wheeler truck loads of puzzle pieces, or about the equivalent of a freight barge or small water tower.

With 1000 of those (60,000 truck loads) or (1 trillion pieces), you could fill your local water reservoir with puzzle pieces. That's pretty impressive, but we're still not at 10 trillion.

10 reservoirs worth of pieces is about a medium-sized lake. An eighth of a cubic kilometer. That's an unbelievable amount of puzzle pieces.

Now if you started building a massive puzzle with all of those pieces at a rate of 10 pieces PER SECOND at the time the Neanderthals walked the earth, you would just be finishing about now.

The puzzle would be about the size of India.

• 1 decade ago

10 trillion dollar bills touching end to end would encircle the earth at its equator (27,000 miles) 85,000 times, or it would stretch to the sun (93 million miles away) almost 54 times. It would take the speed of light 215 minutes (3.58 hours) to get to the end of it.

And the cash register just keeps on clicking. It is 3 times more than the total currency that we have printed for circulation.

• 1 decade ago

Add Obama's \$1 trillion in new spending to it and then compare that \$11 trillion to the tears of all the hungry children there will be when he drives us further in to the abyss and that's about right.

• 1 decade ago

You could pay Al Gore's electric bill with \$10 trillion.

• bob z
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A bit less than 2000x the population of earth.

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100x the number of stars in the our entire galaxy

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4000x the number of heart beats in an average lifetime.

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10x more than it takes to bribe the president, house, and senate of the united states.

• 1 decade ago

Who didn't see this coming? Congress passes a huge give away and there is fraud and corruption from day one.

Shrink Washington. Bring programs back to the state, city, county level where there is more accountability.

• 1 decade ago

Its... basically... Imagine having a trillion toothpicks in a box.

Ten of those.

• Anonymous

It is precisely the number of molecules in a certain unit. Oompa oompa!

• Anonymous