(I couldn't find any visual representations of the number "trillion" that weren't totally nerdy, so I used this kickass album cover from a 1970s Canadian band of the same name. Economics rawks!)
It was officially announced yesterday that,
In that strange intersection of economics and politics, there is a new fashion: Trillion is the new billion.
You see, our current economic shitstorm has spiraled so rapidly that the lexicon for describing it has moved beyond our comprehension, to the point that we have become desensitized to these grim numbers -- except economists, who apparently are so nerved out about those three extra zeros that they need to do a monster bong hit before they can talk to CNN:
'Number' itself can be parsed 'number' or 'numb-er.' And maybe in this case, the latter is a better pronunciation.
To which CNN replied, "Shhh! I think I can hear my own ears! Duuuude, we should totally listen to Comfortably NUMB right fucking now, hahaha! Hey, you got any Fritos?"
But seriously, though, it's true -- ordinary words DO sound totally weird when you're baked, and a trillion IS a big number. To give you some perspective on just HOW big a trillion really is, here are some facts.