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Million vs Billion

People don’t have a strong intuitive sense of how much bigger 1 Billion is than 1 Million. You may say 1 Billion is 1000 times 1 Million but even this does not really give you a real sense of the magnitude of difference between the two.
Here are 2 illustrations that may help you fathom this –

1 Million Seconds is 11.5 days…
1 Billion Seconds is 31.7 years.

Next let us compare the two in terms of $100 bills. How the two numbers stack against each other in physical terms. Here is a rather impressive presentation of one billion dollars in $100 bills.

one billion vs one million

Did you notice the the small bundle of notes in front of the ten big stacks – that bundle is one million dollars (in $100 bills).


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