Friday, September 30, 2005

THAT'S A LOT OF ZEROS

in the new ROK numerical/monetary unit, the ky├┤ng/gyeong/?. Sadly, it still won't make one's wallet any less fat in Seoul.

Comments:
These may have been British bankers, who I'm sure were perfectly aware of how much a septillion is but couldn't translate their term into Yankee.
 
The article's headline says that 10 quadrillion is "13 zeros." Wrong-- it's sixteen:

1,000 = 3 zeros
1,000,000 = 6 zeros (mil)
1,000,000,000 = 9 zeros (bil)
1,000,000,000,000 = 12 zeros (tril)
1,000,000,000,000,000 = 15 zeros (quadril)

10,000,000,000,000,000 = 16 zeros
(10 quadrillion)

Aren't Koreans supposed to be better than Americans at math? Maybe it was an American copy editor who let that gaffe slip through. Heh.


Kevin
 
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