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James Carroll

Making some sense of $700b

By James Carroll
October 6, 2008

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HOW MUCH is 700 billion? The mind registers the number with such imprecision as to make it meaningless. One blogger proposed this way of grasping the figure: As a stack of $100 bills, it would reach 54 miles high. But who can imagine that? On the other hand, someone at the Smithsonian once calculated that counting to one billion, at ... (Full article: 723 words)

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