Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Debt: Part 2

I've talked about how much debt the United States is in before, but I feel that this number is merits a revisiting.
For a few reasons.
First, it's an important number in politics.
Second, it's a very hard to understand number.
And third, it's getting bigger. In fact, since my last post about it 12 days ago, the debt has grown by 19 billion dollars, bringing the grand total to 14,408,119,076,113 dollars.
So how much money is that?
Let's say you have the amount of money that the United States owes.
And you have it in 100 thousand dollar bills.
Assuming these bills weigh the standard 1 gram that every American bill weighs, you'd have 317 thousand pounds of 100 thousand dollar bills.
A standard dump truck can handle 32 metric tons.
That means it would take 5 dump trucks to move the entire debt. In 100000 dollar bills.

56 Comments:

At 2 June 2011 at 23:14 , Blogger D4 said...

It raised that much...

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:36 , Blogger Mercurio said...

I'd love to have one of those trucks at my garage.

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:41 , Blogger Intraman said...

that's quite a lot of debt :o

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:41 , Blogger Jay said...

19 billion in twelve days? wow!

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:46 , Blogger phosports said...

that is a lot of debt...:O

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:49 , Blogger Astronomy Pirate said...

I wish I could grow in worth by 19 billion dollars in 12 days.

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:54 , Blogger baka1236 said...

dude, thats so much o.0

 
At 2 June 2011 at 23:56 , Blogger hoaks2 said...

It's just so incomprehensible. I can't even wrap my head around that much money.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:00 , Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for putting this in a way we can understand. I heard it would take 250 years to pay off if each and ever man woman and child paid more than $300,000 each a year. That's assuming the same spending we have now.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:01 , Blogger Moobeat said...

dang

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:08 , Blogger srnajera said...

:O awesomee

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:11 , Blogger Toral said...

Great post!

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:14 , Blogger Dejch said...

omg that is sick! thanks for pointing that out for us

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:27 , Blogger gman said...

glad i dont live in america lol

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:27 , Blogger Delirium Tiger said...

Away from numbers important thing is that main holder of this debt is PRC :P

 
At 3 June 2011 at 00:51 , Blogger The Angry Lurker said...

That's a damn lot of debt.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 01:07 , Blogger Vince^_^ said...

That's CRAZY

 
At 3 June 2011 at 01:19 , Blogger Speedy Ed said...

damn ! they really shouldn'y have let it lead to such a high figure :P

 
At 3 June 2011 at 01:32 , Blogger Bunny Hill said...

I was thinking about that

 
At 3 June 2011 at 01:32 , Blogger Triper said...

Wooow amazing number of debt...

 
At 3 June 2011 at 02:15 , Blogger BTN Hip Hop said...

thats just too much money

 
At 3 June 2011 at 02:54 , Blogger dalexus said...

every country has a debt, I wonder where the money is

 
At 3 June 2011 at 02:54 , Blogger VersionDouble said...

interesting statistics!

 
At 3 June 2011 at 02:59 , Blogger HOODPHENOMENOM said...

19 billion dollars ???! in 12 days.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 05:39 , Blogger Zach said...

Its so much money that its beyond fixing. I'm not even sure it matters at this point

 
At 3 June 2011 at 05:48 , Blogger Doro said...

I just want only one truck with it...

 
At 3 June 2011 at 05:50 , Blogger kxxthanxx said...

wow

 
At 3 June 2011 at 06:10 , Blogger Domino said...

14 trillions are only the tip of the iceberg!

The whole world is fucked up, we need a RESET and a new monetary system, gold standard?!

 
At 3 June 2011 at 06:39 , Blogger Marieke said...

That's insane! How is that even possible?

 
At 3 June 2011 at 07:27 , Blogger CollinBeloin said...

Holy...That is crazy, Donald Trump for president. Get us out of this DEBT!

 
At 3 June 2011 at 07:32 , Blogger timbz said...

thats so much

 
At 3 June 2011 at 07:43 , Blogger Asty said...

mooooney~

 
At 3 June 2011 at 07:52 , Blogger JkF50 said...

That, is a hell of a lot of money!

 
At 3 June 2011 at 08:22 , Blogger PeaceLoveandSharpies said...

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? D:

 
At 3 June 2011 at 08:52 , Blogger sp3nny said...

oh boy...that's a lot of debt

 
At 3 June 2011 at 08:53 , Blogger WOODLOUSE said...

That is so much debt, seriously

 
At 3 June 2011 at 09:01 , Blogger Banacek said...

I can't even wrap my head around that number.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 09:39 , Blogger ed said...

its ok, debt is the american way

 
At 3 June 2011 at 09:53 , Blogger jblogger45 said...

great post

 
At 3 June 2011 at 10:21 , Blogger Geoffrey said...

those are some very big numbers. Depressing, but still huge

 
At 3 June 2011 at 10:22 , Blogger Biff Tanner said...

Great way to put it into perspective.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 10:25 , Blogger Alphalpha said...

Christ almighty that is alot...

 
At 3 June 2011 at 10:30 , Blogger Dave said...

Thats amazing figures for sure lol.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 10:38 , Blogger Whitelight said...

Great post :O

 
At 3 June 2011 at 11:41 , Blogger Rob said...

America's debt? I believe that we the people should be looking to the government to pay that without my social security being taken away.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 12:13 , Blogger Xenototh said...

Thanks for letting me know that I am totally screwed. lol.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 12:38 , Blogger Malkavian said...

FUUUU the U.S is screwed but it they are screwed i dont even want to Imagine what the hell happens to their playground. Mexico....

 
At 3 June 2011 at 13:04 , Blogger Colin Biano said...

what did we buy in the last two weeks? :(

 
At 3 June 2011 at 13:49 , Blogger Thorfan said...

Sooo it would seem we're in a fair bit of trouble..

 
At 3 June 2011 at 14:13 , Blogger ttoti said...

Thats alot of debt. Its sad that the value of the dollar keeps going down

 
At 3 June 2011 at 14:25 , Anonymous Mary said...

We work in big numbers at the observatory. A trillion is very hard to conceptualize and to get across. You did a great job.

 
At 3 June 2011 at 14:36 , Blogger Atley said...

Assuming The average American makes 30K a year for 50 years, and has 20% of that taxed . how many people would it take to pay that back?

 
At 3 June 2011 at 14:42 , Blogger OatmealStout said...

So who they owe the money to?

 
At 3 June 2011 at 14:51 , Blogger thenitefalls said...

America is in a really bad state!

 
At 4 June 2011 at 03:00 , Blogger evldmn said...

Every country has a debt.

 
At 4 June 2011 at 15:14 , Blogger NorthernLad said...

Bloodt insane. Hard to think so much money even exists.

 

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