Dec 7, 2009

let's talk billion

The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the politicians spending YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend but putting that figure into some perspective:

(A) A billion seconds ago it was 1959
(B) A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive
(C) A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age
(D) A billion days ago no one walked on the earth on two feet
(E) A billion dollars ago at the rate our government is spending was only 8 hours and 20 minutes ago


  1. Whoa. How could we EVER put TRILLIONS into perspective?!?

  2. Actually, by my calculation, a billion seconds ago it was 1979. I've seen this before, and my guess is that the person who originally wrote it, wrote it in 1990! :)

    (I'm guessing the government spends our money a lot faster now, too!)