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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Author: Jorah Lavin

I grew up in New England, moved to the Carolinas in '98 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing intranet content management and intranet site management for said bank. After work, I watch movies & eat. I've been studying Aikido since 2014, and I ride an old Honda Shadow. Someday I want to go skydiving.