Do You Really Know What a ‘Billion’ Is?

We hear it bandied about all the time in these debt conscious times don’t we? 11 billion this, 50 billion that, but if you look at a ‘billion’ purely as a number, a quantity, can you put it into perspective? I know that I for one find it difficult enough to imagine a million of anything, let alone a billion…..

So I did a little exercise, to try and put a handle on it, and said what would a billion seconds/minutes/hours/days  look like, and was completely shocked at the results:

  • A billion seconds ago, Mrs Thatcher was about to become the Prime Minister of the UK
  • A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the stone age.
  • A billion days ago, no one walked on the earth on two feet.

Puts a billion into perspective doesn’t it?

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2 Responses to “Do You Really Know What a ‘Billion’ Is?”

  1. And I’ve told you a billion times not to exaggerate Richard 🙂 Yes, it certainly does put it in perspective.

  2. MMMmmmm… thanks Linda, incisive as ever!!!

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