How Big is a Billion?

one_billion_dollarsAnd how does one talk about dollars like that? $1.74B already to the automakers. A possible $6B more to Chrysler if they can get a deal with Fiat together in 30 days (30!).

Let’s put a Billion of anything in perspective:

  • A Billion seconds ago it was 1959.
  • A Billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
  • A Billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
  • A Billion people have said they hated Jar-Jar Binks.
  • Every Monday, the phrase, “Can you believe the weather this weekend?!” was uttered by a Billion receptionists as people walked through the door.
  • A Billion arguments have been made on the internet regarding “PC vs. Mac”
  • A Billion people is only 1/3 the population of Wrigleyille on Cubs Opening Day.
  • A Billion people is a Billion times the number of people at Sox Opening Day.
  • The number of porn movies Adam has edited – 72. But he’s seen a Billion guys do their thing on a woman’s tummy.

Any other ways you can help us visualize a Billion of anything?