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I would like to find examples of the numbers "million" and "billion". I feel that these numbers referred to too often in everyday speech, and that most people don't have a good concept of the magnitude these numbers represent. Can you provide any examples?



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Here's one:

If you had a million dollars today and set about spending $1,000 of it each day, it would run out in a little less than three years. If you had a billion dollars at the time of the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus, and set about spending $1,000 of it each day, you would only be about 3/4 through it now.


Richard Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
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A typical walking stride is about 3 feet. Hence if you take a million steps you will have walked about 63 miles.

Your heart beats about 60 times a minute. To beat a billion times takes it about 32 years, so a lifetime is, typically, 2 to 3 billion heartbeats long.

Grayce



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