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    the following is to test your intuitive concept, it is not a test of your mathematical skills.

    answer the following question within 3 seconds of reading it.

    do not calculate or even estimate the answer.

    a stack of hundred dollar bills equaling 1 million dollars is 40 inches high.

    how high is a stack of one hundred dollar bills equaling a trillion dollars?

    answer immediately, without thinking.

    thanks

    #788055

    ronrsr
    Member

    4million inches

    #788056

    I thought 40 again.

    But I’m really bad at math and didn’t know how much a trillion is. After looking it up I’m guessing the correct answer would be 40 million inches or 3 1/3 million feet.

    #788057

    mommamia22
    Participant

    I know I’ll hate myself for answering first. I’m terrible in math, but I’d guess 4,000 inches (don’t laugh). A billion would be 100x that of a million, and a trillion would be 100x that of a billion, right? Please let me be right!

    #788058

    NO MATH!!

    what is your feeling?

    ronsr, who obviously estimated, ill undelete your post in a while

    derech who actually looked it up, come on

    cant you people follow directions?

    #788059

    momma

    Pleas dont try to figure it out

    #788060

    okay nevermind this obviously isnt going to work

    its approximately 650 miles

    #788061

    What was the hypothesis this experiment was based on?

    #788062

    mommamia22
    Participant

    Oh my goodness, how could anyone figure it out? Thank you though. I needed a little bit of comic relief from recent events.

    #788063

    the hypothesis is that people have an extremely underestimated concept of a trillion dollars when they hear the word.

    i guess well never know

    #788064

    bortezomib
    Participant

    What in the world was the point of that experiment?

    One look at that question and my brain started to hurt.

    Good thing you gave the answer or I would’ve been nervous all day.

    #788065

    HaLeiVi
    Participant

    Before or after taxes? You see, the taller the pile the bigger the percentage you’d have to give.

    #788066

    mik5
    Participant

    I have no idea. My guess is 40.

    #788067

    oomis
    Participant

    400,000 ” high ???

    #788068

    wanderingchana
    Participant

    first thought: a lot!

    #788069

    ny100k
    Participant

    I’m not sure what this is supposed to test. A trillion is a million millions. 40 inches x 1,000,000 = 40,000,000 inches or 3,333,333 feet or 631.31 miles.

    #788070

    littleapple
    Member

    It should be 40 million inches , because 1 million times 1 thousand equals a billion times 1 thousand equals a trillion therefore 40 inches times 1 thousand times 1 thousand equals 40 million which is the answer, correct?

    #788071

    Another name
    Participant

    I don’t get it! Is this a joke?

    #788072

    minyan gal
    Member

    Mod 80: give my poor little brain a break. PLEASE post the answer.

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