http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27137551/ - Europe puts $2.3 trillion on line for banks
Enough already. Aw, just when I got used to visualising “hundreds of billions”, they switch words. From now on, can’t we simply use scientific notation, please?
$2.3·10[sup]12[/sup]. There. Bush’s $7·10[sup]11[/sup] beginning to look anemic by comparison. Heh. We’ll own you, you and your American banks. We’ll buy you out. Own you! Mwhuawhahaha! All your banks are belong to us.
See? Normalised exponential notation is so much easier to understand and to compare. And no language confusion between trillions, milliards, billions, quadrillions, either. And there’s another advantage when you’re borrowing from the mathematical sciences. You can always upgrade your number system:
There’s “imaginary numbers”, too! Oh, wait, obviously the financial system already knew about those…