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Show me the money…

Much has been written about current economic travails, and about efforts to remedy them.  In the course of those thoughts, numbers are bandied about– big numbers…  but do any of us really have a grasp of what those numbers mean?

PageTutor has ridden to the rescue with “What does one TRILLION dollars look like?”, stepping graphically from:

through $10,000, then $1 million:

… by orders of magnitude, all the way to $1 Trillion:

Quoth Everett Dirkson, “a billion here, a billion there– pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.”

As we re-fold our bills, we might recall that on this date in 1959 the Barbie doll was introduced (at the American Toy Fair in New York).  Ruth Handler (co-founder, with her husband, of Mattel), created Barbie as an “aspirational” (i.e., grown up) alternative to baby dolls.  She adapted Barbie from a German doll, Lilli, which was based on a German cartoon strip– and which was sold as a “racy” item primary to men in tobacco stores…  Amped via Mattel’s sponsorship of THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (Mattel was the first toy company to use television advertising), the figurine was a huge smash…and was followed by Midge, Skipper, and– enfranchising a set of men perhaps different from those who felt bereft when Lilli became Barbie– Ken.

Barbie Millicent Roberts™ from Willows, Wisconsin, 1959

Written by (Roughly) Daily

March 9, 2009 at 1:01 am

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