Sunday, 14 October 2012

I rather like this

How many zeros in a billion? This is too true to be funny.
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 one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of it's releases.

A  billion seconds ago it was 1980.

A  billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

A  billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone  Age.

A  billion days ago no-one walked the earth on two feet.

A  billion Pounds ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at  the rate our government is spending it.

Interesting don’t you think?

3 comments:

Dave said...

The British billion used to be a million million, but we seem to have adopted the American thousand million. That makes a billion seconds either 31,688 or 31.68 years.

Oh dear, I think I have too much time on my hands...

Jim said...

I suspect this piece has been around for a few years as "a billion seconds" is about 32 years and 32 years from 1959 is 1991.
In any case these calculations are based on American billions (i.e. thousand millions or nine zeroes) rather than "British" billions which should be "million millions" or twelve zeroes.
Whether the government expenditure is reasonable or not is another matter!

Maffi said...

My fault for relying on someone elses adding up. Have changed to 1980 which is as close as needs be. the Others wont be out by any apreciable amount except the spending would have trippled by now.