Date: Apr 30, 2013 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: the situation is worse than you thought
>>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?
>>It's about a hundred million"
>>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
careful reading yields:
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)