The MegaPenny Project

by kokogiak media

Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it’s still hard to grasp just how much a ‘billion’ really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: ‘What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?’

All the following pages have tables at the bottom, listing things such as the value of the pennies, size of the pile, weight, and area (if laid flat). All weights and measurements are U.S. standards, not metric.

I found this site oddly absorbing. We talk about large numbers at work a lot… but when we say that one of our competitors has assests worth almost a trillion dollars, that number really isn’t very… real. The MegaPenny project is trying to help.

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some arsenic

A woman walks into a pharmacy and asks the pharmacist for some arsenic.

He asks “What for?”

She says “I want to kill my husband.”

He says “Sorry, I can’t do that.”

She then reaches into her purse and pulls out a photo of her husband in bed
with the pharmacist’s wife and hands it to him.

He says, “You didn’t tell me you had a prescription…”