July 16, 2010

what is a billion dollars?

to be honest, i have a difficult time comprehending any number greater than 23, so by the time we get to billions, i'm pretty checked out. luckily, the fine folks at informationisbeautiful have posted the billion dollar-o-gram -- a fascinating infographic that puts into perspective all those obscenely large numbers the media throws around.

interesting takeaways:

  • half of the U.S. defense budget could lift a billion people out of extreme poverty (a billion people? this is like a meta-stat.)
  • for the price of the iraq war, we could eradicate AIDS globally
  • bill gates' net worth is roughly equivalent to the revenues of the worldwide porn industry

(click to enlarge)

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