Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How many zeros in a billion?

This US viral is doing the rounds... it hits the mark.

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 1959.

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 on the earth on two feet.

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

The roll call of taxes... Building Permit Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Income Tax Unemployment Tax Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Petrol/Diesel Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Tax Marriage License Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service charge taxes Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Local Tax Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago... And our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.


  1. The value of the Marshall Airport site, with planning permission for building homes, is estimated to be £1.5 billion. I find that a good local perspective on the value of a billion pounds. It amounts to just over £100,000 per home.

    On the question of how many zeros in a billion - the Private Eye had a disturbing article recently recounting how the Treasury press office took a disconcertingly long time to answer when asked if they were refering to a USA or UK billion when publishing their figures.

    For many decades the UK Government has used 1,000,000,000 as a billion.

  2. I wonder if the Government is measuring GDP in British billions and the national debt in American...?