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Topic: the situation is worse than you thought
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 quasi Posts: 12,023 Registered: 7/15/05
Re: the situation is worse than you thought
Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:50 AM

quasi wrote:
>RichD wrote:
>>
>>Yesterday, I was on a college shuttle bus. The driver
>>was telling a passenger about the alumni donors, that
>>you have to give a billion \$ to get your name on a
>>monument; "Do you know how much is a billion?
>>
>>Are bus drivers allowed to vote? This explains much.

>
>In the UK, a billion _is_ equal to 100 million.
>
>In the US, a billion equals 1000 million.
>
>Perhaps the bus driver had a UK-based education.

Forget what I said above -- I misread a web link. A more

In the US,

a billion = 10^9
a trillion = 10^12

In the UK (and many other countries),

a billion = 10^12 (1 million squared)
a trillion = 10^18 (1 million cubed)

quasi