Visualizing One Trillion Dollars

One of the most difficult things you encounter when discussing the bailouts is getting people to understand concepts of enormity that are literally beyond comprehension.¬† “Trillion” is one of those concepts.

Jess Bachman, who did some of the fantastic charts and graphics in Bailout Nation, helped to create this animation (for mint.com) to explain what a trillion dollars is:

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It’s official, trillion is the new billion. No longer is government spending talked about in terms of a mere ten digits. With the recent flurry of government spending, we are going to need another three zeros to make sense of it all. One trillion dollars is a number that few people can comprehend, let alone your standard nine digit calculator. So what does one trillion dollars look like?

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