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One billion dollars

This is mind-blowing to me that I never knew this (this was mind-blowing to meta as well). I found this out while reading Neil Gaiman's Journal.

In the UK, a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (i.e. 1012)
In the UK, a trillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (i.e. 1018)

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Oh, so that's why they're always saying "x thousand million" on the BBC news. I thought it was just an aversion to the term...


I was wondering how they count the numbers between their million and a billion. That seems to be the obvious way, but it sounds so weird to my ears.

For example: 999,999,999,999 is:
999 thousand 999 million, 999 thousand and 999 dollars.

That messes with my brain.

Alan and I read your blog entry and thought it had to be wrong... so we asked our non-American lab mate who indeed verified the claim, saying "It so much easier to become a billionaire in the states." Wild.

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