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700 billion dollars would be a stack of $100 dollar bills 54 miles high!

I was sitting here reading through some posts and thinking about the bailouts when the question hit me: What would 700 billion dollars look like? So I went into Google, found the nearest size comparison (which was a million dollars.) did some math and figured out it would be a single stack of $100 bills about 54 miles high and weigh 1,543 pounds! Put differently if it was broke down into 10,000 stacks of $100 bills it would be 28' tall 511' wide one way and 217' the other way. thats 3,104,836 cubic feet of money! Thats nearly a tenth the volume of the empire state building!!!

I couldn't think of anything else to compare the size to so any good comparisons would be great. Makes a good start to a conversation with a friend or stranger. Also while your picturing the enormity of that pile of cash, try and imagine the physical size of our national debt!

when our country finds a problem...it's solution is to smother it to death with large piles of cash.




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just wanted to add

I'm also going to figure out the national debt's dimensions as well. I understand the transfer would be done electronically I just figured if I compared it to something physical it might get a better reaction out of people. You'd feel quite differently getting 700 billion dollars delivered to your back yard by gold plated helicopters than you would having it electronically transfered lol.

Truck loads

- and how many truck loads will that be?

just one foot, please

If I could get just one foot of that stack, I could pay off my Visa, and have some money left over for some beer and tequila. LOL
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meekandmild's picture

I'll settle for a stack 4" high

that would get me out of debt, I could buy some Gold and silver

Actually, the $700 Billion

Actually, the $700 Billion Dollars fits easily on a 1 Gb flashcard.

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the text "$700 billion dollars" fits in a tiny 12 byte file

and money at this size is exclusively moved around via computers

it's kinda important...this money, these numbers, really aren't real...they are only as real as we say they are real

Republicae's picture

Well, to that ficticious

Well, to that ficticious figure of $700 Billion, you might as well add another $4.3 Trillion Dollars to that figure because when it is all said and done the $700 Billion will be a pitance compared to what it will end up being.

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Wow!

If we add the 2.3 Trillion that the defense dept. supposedly lost and all the costs of Social Security etc etc....we are almost up to the moon!

Moon rock might be worth something soon!

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Republicae's picture

YEAH.....The Fiat System is

YEAH.....The Fiat System is coming down.....FAST!!!! GET READY FOR IT!!!!!

Rags make Paper; Paper makes Money; Money makes Banks;Banks make Loans; Loans make Beggars; Beggars make Rags

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"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun