# Define one trillion.

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#### schmack

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>I read in the paper today that the American people recognise "One Trillion" as being one million times one million. WHere the Brits recognise it as one million time one billion.&nbsp;</p><p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_trillion</p><p>It's to do with "Short scale countries" and "Long scale countries" and , obviously, the scale that they use.</p><p>I never new this! I don't even remember what i was taught about it at school now that i think about it.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4" color="#ff0000"><font size="2">Assumption is the mother of all stuff ups</font> </font></p><p><font size="4" color="#ff0000">Gimme some Schmack Schmack!</font></p> </div>

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#### warpfactor999

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;I read in the paper today that the American people recognise "One Trillion" as being one million times one million. WHere the Brits recognise it as one million time one billion.&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_trillionIt's to do with "Short scale countries" and "Long scale countries" and , obviously, the scale that they use.I never new this! I don't even remember what i was taught about it at school now that i think about it. <br />Posted by schmack</DIV><br /><br />No matter who reconizes what...if you do the math...one million times one million equals one trillion.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1,000,000.00</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;x1,000,000.00</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=1,000,000,000,000.00</p>

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#### lildreamer

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;I read in the paper today that the American people recognise "One Trillion" as being one million times one million. WHere the Brits recognise it as one million time one billion.&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_trillionIt's to do with "Short scale countries" and "Long scale countries" and , obviously, the scale that they use.I never new this! I don't even remember what i was taught about it at school now that i think about it. <br />Posted by schmack</DIV><br /><br />The number of times my wife has asked me to put the garbage out and I forgot.....</p><p>The number of times I forgot to raise the toilet seat....</p><p>The number of times I've posted without really having anything to say....</p><p><img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-yell.gif" border="0" alt="Yell" title="Yell" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>

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#### centsworth_II

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<p><font color="#333399"><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>No matter who reconizes what...if you do the math...one million times one million equals one trillion.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1,000,000.00&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;x1,000,000.00&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=1,000,000,000,000.00 <br /> Posted by warpfactor999</DIV></font><br /><font color="#0000ff"><u>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales</u></font></p><p>Unfortunately it's not that simple.</p><p><font color="#0000ff"><u>The <strong>long and short scales</strong> are two different numerical systems used throughout the world (Wikipedia)</u></font></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>

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#### weeman

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>The number of times my wife has asked me to put the garbage out and I forgot.....The number of times I forgot to raise the toilet seat....The number of times I've posted without really having anything to say.... <br />Posted by lildreamer</DIV><br /><br />So then at 396 posts, lildreamer, where have the other 999,999,999,604 gone?</p><p><img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif" border="0" alt="Tongue out" title="Tongue out" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000">Techies: We do it in the dark. </font></strong></p><p><font color="#0000ff"><strong>"Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.</strong><strong>" -Albert Einstein </strong></font></p> </div>

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#### starsinmyeyes44

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;I read in the paper today that the American people recognise "One Trillion" as being one million times one million. WHere the Brits recognise it as one million time one billion.&nbsp;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_trillionIt's to do with "Short scale countries" and "Long scale countries" and , obviously, the scale that they use.I never new this! I don't even remember what i was taught about it at school now that i think about it. <br />Posted by schmack</DIV></p><p><font size="2" color="#0000ff">Your post reminds me of an episode of "Universe" I saw this weekend on the Ages of the Universe.&nbsp; I believe the measurements used were called Cosmological Decades... the numbers&nbsp;are almost impossible to contemplate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p><font size="2" color="#0000ff">I remember in school the examples&nbsp;used to try to visualize a billion of something or a trillion...enough pennies to fill a swimming pool or something like that.&nbsp; Hard to wrap the mind around numbers like that!</font></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#ff00ff">In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.<br /></font><strong>Charlie Brown</strong></p> </div>

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#### DrRocket

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Unfortunately it's not that simple.The long and short scales are two different numerical systems used throughout the world (Wikipedia) <br />Posted by centsworth_II</DIV></p><p>But fortunatelyi the question is not one of mathematics or physics but simply of terminology.&nbsp; In scientific writing one rarely sees numbers being described solely with the words of either the long or short system, but rather in simple decimals or in scientific notation, either of which makes the terminology issue moot.</p><p>The systems being described are not numerical systems, but simply naming conventions.<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>

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#### why06

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>The systems being described are not numerical systems, but simply naming conventions. <br /> Posted by DrRocket</DIV></p><p>So I guess math is only a universal language when it isn't a language at all. </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div>________________________________________ <br /></div><div><ul><li><font color="#008000"><em>your move...</em></font></li></ul></div> </div>

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#### weeman

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Your post reminds me of an episode of "Universe" I saw this weekend on the Ages of the Universe.&nbsp; I believe the measurements used were called Cosmological Decades... the numbers&nbsp;are almost impossible to contemplate.&nbsp;&nbsp;I remember in school the examples&nbsp;used to try to visualize a billion of something or a trillion...enough pennies to fill a swimming pool or something like that.&nbsp; Hard to wrap the mind around numbers like that! <br />Posted by starsinmyeyes44</DIV><br /><br />I love pointless interesting facts like that! <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" /></p><p>A cube of a trillion pennies is larger than a football field at its base, and could fit the entire Lincoln Memorial within its dimensions. Placed in a single stack, a trillion pennies could make nearly two round-trips to the moon! </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000">Techies: We do it in the dark. </font></strong></p><p><font color="#0000ff"><strong>"Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.</strong><strong>" -Albert Einstein </strong></font></p> </div>

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#### aphh

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<p>There is logic, which the USA does not seem to follow;</p><p>here a billion means bi-million, a million times a million. Not thousand times a million. With similar logic a Trillion would be tri-million, million times a billion...</p><p>So the bi and tri are there for a a good reason.</p><p>Which remains me of Dr. Evil (not our Dr., but the one played by Austin Powers), when he demands the ransom of "One Hundred Beeleon Dollars" from the White House in 1968.</p><p>"Are you crazy? This is 1968, no such money even exists..." <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-smile.gif" border="0" alt="Smile" title="Smile" />&nbsp; </p>

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