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A Million Billion Trillion

So often we hear in the news of a million pounds spent on this, or a billion on that. Today I read of 21 trillion being hidden in tax shelters by the super rich. But these numbers mean nothing to us as we have no real way to understand the enormity of them.

A thousand seconds is 16 and a third minutes. Just over quarter of an hour.

A million seconds is 11 days and 13 hours.

A billion seconds is 31 years and seven months.

A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

For some context of the years construction started on the Great Pyramid of Giza in roughly 2,500 BC, about 4,500 years ago.