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Old 24th February 2010, 05:14   #1 (permalink)
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Billions !

The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the politicians spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency recently did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective ...

A billion seconds ago it was 1959

A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age

A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet


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But the real question is how much is a billion? I was taught that it is 1,million million whereas Americans say 1,thousand million, who is correct?
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Old 25th February 2010, 00:09   #3 (permalink)
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I can remember the days when £1 Billion was a lot of money!
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According to Richard Branson a billion is now 1000 million!
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RBS just lost 5 billion of them--so easy come easy go!!

İ can remember back in 1997 the tories saying they gave a good economy to Blair because there was a surplus of about 10 billion!!
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Re: Billions !

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But the real question is how much is a billion? I was taught that it is 1,million million whereas Americans say 1,thousand million, who is correct?
Who has been round longer ? The Americans or the rest of the world ?
They can,t even spell......
So I reckon million million is right.
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it is a million million but the uk governemnt downgraded the word along with our currency!-i reckon they must have done it after Mr Blair spun the economy!
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