The French have shifted about between meanings but finally confirmed the "French" billion in 1961. I take issue with the comment regarding old people and not adopting the 'new billion'.
And this is someone who works at the LHC! The body beautiful.
Well, it's a million million. As another example, it's much easier to remember that a trillion is written with four sets of three zeros than it is to count out 12 separate zeroes.
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So sure, yeah, you started off reading this and feeling nauseous that you don't have Bill Gates' spending power, but you can also rest easy knowing that you don't have someone knocking on your door, looking for trillions-worth of video games and ramen noodles to repossess. Follow David Streitfeld on Twitter: One person brought up a good point: Numbers had been separated into groups of six digits, but at this time the modern grouping of three digits came into use.
In contrast, a US Senator, Everett Dirkson, reportedly once remarked, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money". For global communication uniformity is essential.
Would Amazon collapse, or would it eat the world? This isn't a world first, however. The British billion would have been one million million - the same as the US, and now universal, trillion.
It seems to me that if a name has been allotted to a collection of numbers, then that is how it should stand. Just print more money.
If I'm right, the adoption of the US billion's been a bit longer coming than anyone here seems to recognise. Rate this article. Not 1,000. George Bush was allegedly informed during the Iraq war that three Brazilian soldiers had been killed. And we haven't even gotten to the cockery of the 5280 foot mile! According to the Forbes rich list of 2017, it's Microsoft founder and thank goodness major philanthropist, Bill Gates.