What’s in a number?

10 06 2008

“Quadrillion boost for agric” was a headline in today’s government newspaper, The Herald. A couple of days ago I was chatting to my bank manager Colin, about the use of such vague terms. It seems that we have adopted the billion as being a thousand million because I asked him if I could write a cheque for that amount. He seemed to think that nobody would know what it meant. Well here is my best guess on a quadrillion.
Million = 1,000,000
Billion = 1,000,000,000
Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000
Quadrillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000 which is less than a million US dollars.

 


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11 06 2008
Big Blister

So are you a quadrillionaire?

14 06 2008
Fraz

Of course a billion is a thousand million, because that’s the British way of doing it, and I know how Zimbabwe loves to embrace all things British in it’s diamond-edged arms.

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