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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




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 its






A billion seconds ago it was 1959.


B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.


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


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


E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our


government is spending it.


While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New


Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division


Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress


for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number, what does it




A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man,


woman, child), you each get $516,528.


B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home


gets $1,329,787.


C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.


Washington, D. C < HELLO! > Are all your calculators broken??


Accounts Receivable Tax


Building Permit Tax


CDL License Tax


Cigarette Tax


Corporate Income Tax


Dog License Tax


Federal Income Tax


Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)


Fishing License Tax


Food License Tax


Fuel Permit Tax


Gasoline Tax


Hunting License Tax


Inheritance Tax


Inventory Tax


IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),


IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),


Liquor Tax,


Luxury Tax,


Marriage License Tax,


Medicare Tax,


Property Tax,


Real Estate Tax,


Service charge taxes,


Social Security Tax,


Road Usage Tax (Truckers),


Sales Taxes,


Recreational Vehicle Tax,


School Tax,


State Income Tax,


State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),


Telephone Federal Excise Tax,


Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,


Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,


Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,


Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,


Telephone State and Local Tax,


Telephone Usage Charge Tax,


Utility Tax,


Vehicle License Registration Tax,


Vehicle Sales Tax,


Watercraft Registration Tax,


Well Permit Tax,


Workers Compensation Tax.




Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most


prosperous in the world.


We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the


world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.


What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'


And I still have to 'press 1' for English.


I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times


What the heck happened?????


Don't forward to Kevin Rudd in case he's missed a few of these taxes.



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A billion in US terms is one thousand million and in English it is one million million. For the sake of all of us don't ask what a trillion is. If you do know I would like to be enlightened.



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Ian, so as to enlighten you with the requested information.


Here are the fact's which just goes to prove that you can not only converse with nice people on these forums, but can get edumikated too.006_laugh.gif.0f7b82c13a0ec29502c5fb56c616f069.gif006_laugh.gif.d4257c62d3c07cda468378b239946970.gif How goods that!!


Planedriver (Alan)


Million, Billion, Trillion...


© Copyright 1999, Jim Loy


People sometimes ask me the names of the large numbers. Here is a table. The system used in the U.S. is not as logical as that used in other countries (like Great Britain, France, and Germany). In these other countries, a billion (bi meaning two) has twice as many zeros as a million, and a trillion (tri meaning three) has three times as many zeros as a million, etc. But the scientific community seems to use the American system.


Number of zerosU.S. & scientific communityOther countries3thousandthousand6millionmillion9billion1000 million (1 milliard)12trillionbillion15quadrillion1000 billion18quintilliontrillion21sextillion1000 trillion24septillionquadrillion27octillion1000 quadrillion30nonillionquintillion33decillion1000 quintillion36undecillionsextillion39duodecillion1000 sextillion42tredecillionseptillion45quattuordecillion1000 septillion48quindecillionoctillion51sexdecillion1000 octillion54septendecillionnonillion57octodecillion1000 nonillion60novemdecilliondecillion63vigintillion1000 decillion66 - 120 undecillion - vigintillion303centillion 600 centillion



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Thunk of the zeros after the first digit.


A thousand has three so thats 10x103 (supposed to be superscripted to say mathematically ten to the power three)


A million is 106


Billion 1012


trillion is 1024


and so on...


I think..... been a long time since skool.





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Well since we're being edumacational, ever wondered how they work out bytes megabytes etc?


A bit is one Binary Digit representing two values, 0 and 1


A byte is 8 bits


A kilobyte is 2^10 bytes or 1024 bytes ... close enough to 1000 or kilo


a megabyte is 2^20 bytes or 1,048,576 ... close enough to 1,000,000 or ...well you get the idea :)


a gigabyte is 2^30 bytes


a terabyte is 2^40 bytes



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Talking mega-bytes and the like, a mate of mine has a signature on all his e-mails that says;


"10 Meg to 10 Gig in 10 Years..............are you still in denial?"




Makes you think....040_nerd.gif.a6a4f823734c8b20ed33654968aaa347.gif



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