On the confusing end how about the difference between the US gallon and the UK gallon? A US gallon = 3.5 litres (ish) and a UK gallon = 4.5 litres (ish) which makes American cars sound even worse on fuel economy than they are. Took us ages to work out why all American cars ran so poorly compared to Europe and that is a similar car that can be found in Europe not the huge mega cars.

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1,000,000,000.

So, 3 zeros - hundred, 6 zeros - thousand, 9 zeros - million. The one at the start would put the figure into the billion range.

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My calculations were using the Collins Concise modern dictionary and had a few more 0's than yours JoannaS ie: 1 000 000 000 000.

together again.

And using your figure of 1,000,000,000,000

I would read as 1 trillion.

Please forgive, I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, or a math whiz, far from it. I was just trying to understand what happened....

]]>It's confusing when your trying to read academic papers in development journals and trying to understand which billion they mean. I used the Cambridge online dictionary and it said that the bigger figure is "old-fashioned" so I am guessing in papers they mean the smaller figure for billion.

Well I'm an old-fashioned kind of gal. Sums never were my fortÃ©. I'm going to tell my nearest and dearest to keep his profound moments for later in the day with a glass of wine.

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Hope you get the sand cleared out of your ears Danny

He's actually trying to work out how to draw pictures in it....he too has the light box, stereo at full blast and his imagination is working overtime 1.000.000.000.00 all that in one penny pieces.... Bless....

]]>Hope you get the sand cleared out of your ears Danny

]]>Which kind of billion are you using, todays billion is 1 000 000 000 and so by my calculations it is only a debt of £15,357 which is a bit more manageable.

My calculations were using the Collins Concise modern dictionary and had a few more 0's than yours JoannaS ie: 1 000 000 000 000.

It's not on, is it, that a billion can vary dependent on whether one uses the US billion as opposed to traditional, dyed in the wool, bogstandard British billion!

It's quite refreshing on the other hand, to calculate that the national debt divided per capita, is less than the average student debt after graduation.

Don't spread it around though or all those credit cards will find themselves being glued back together again.

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But now I have sand everywhere!

Actually, I really would like to know the correct answer.

Seth?

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