Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

June 2019

Bill & I were talking about numbers the other day. Some numbers are easy to visualise. If it is five we can mentally see the fingers on one hand. The same applies to ten, even a hundred we can cope with.
Million Pounds

However, when we start on BIG numbers we begin to struggle.

Take a look at the picture on the left, that's a million pounds, you could pick it up with one hand. then look at one billion, on the right - you would have to send for the fork lift truck.
Billion Pounds

Not very likely but if we gave you one billion pounds and asked you to stand on a street corner handing out one pound per second, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, you would still not have handed out a billion after 32 years!! 

A billion really is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
  1. 1. A billion seconds ago it was 1959 and the Austin Min was introduced.
Mini 1959
  1. 2. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

  1. 3. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
Stone age man

  1. 4. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet and our ancestors might have looked like this.
Millions and billions are bad enough but how about a trillion? A billion is a thousand million - a trillion is a million million. In March 2019 the National Debt in the UK was just short of two trillion. At that point we both gave up.

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