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Dittohead not! A hundred dollar bill weighs one gram. (just a factoid I got from the internet.)
Therefore, a thousand of them weigh a kilogram, and a million weigh a metric ton, and are worth 100 million dollars. A billion dollars would be ten times as much, or ten tons, and a trillion would be ten thousand tons. Multiply that by 20, the current national debt, and you have 200,000 tons of hundred dollar bills.
Now, let's divide those bills up and load them into half ton pick ups. That would require 400,000 pick ups.
A Ford F 150 is 209.3 inches long, not including the trailer hitch and/or maxi cab. Let's say, about 18 feet for the average half ton. I'm not sure whether Chevy's are longer or not.
Now, the Highway patrol recommends at least one car length of distance behind the car ahead for every ten miles per hour, so a row of pickups driving the freeway at 70 mph. would require 8 x 18, or 144 feet of space for each one. Multiply that by 400,000 and the line of pickups, each hauling a half ton of hundred dollar bills would stretch for 57,600,000 feet or just over 10,909 miles.
There you have it. The national debt is the equivalent of a line of half ton pickups, each loaded with hundred dollar bills, stretching for over 10,000 miles.
Are there even any freeways that long anywhere in the world?