Experiment: What 1 Million Actually Looks Like
You know, people always talk about a million as if they actually know what it would look like if they were actually staring at one million things. But for most of us, we’ve never actually seen a million of anything!
So, I decided to take a look at one million, and to do so I created a document that has one million periods in it. It’s attached here.
The file is a 976kb download, and if you open it in Word it takes 254 pages in single spaced format.
Now, one million is interesting, but what interests me even more is one billion. In order to get an idea of what that looks like you’d need to open this document 1,000 times and stare at every scrolling page. In MS Word, that would mean you’d have to stare at 254,000 pages of periods to see what one billion looks like.
So, for grins why don’t you click on the document link above and after the page has downloaded try holding down your right arrow key and scrolling all the way to the end. Personally I haven’t done it because it takes way too long and I don’t have the patience for it.