Originally Answered: how long would it take a human being to count to 1 billion one at a time? If you could count continuously in perfect rhythm, one number per second, without breaks for sleeping, eating, and you know LIVING. It would take 31 years, 251 days, 6 hours, 50 minutes, 46 seconds,

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- 0.1 Does it take 31 years to count to a billion?
- 0.2 How long would it take to count to a billion dollars in cash?
- 0.3 Can you count to 1 million a day?
- 1 Is A Zillion a real number?
- 2 Can you go past a trillion?
- 3 What does $1 billion look like?
- 4 How old is a billion hours?
- 5 How much is $1 billion in cash?
- 6 What is the highest anyone has ever counted?
- 7 How long is 1 billion seconds exactly?
- 8 Is Sextillion a number?
- 9 Does 1,000 trillion exist?
- 10 What is the highest number a human has ever counted to?

#### Can you count to 1 billion in your lifetime?

HOW BIG? HOW MUCH? HOW MANY? – Here are some fun facts about really big numbers. How much could $1 million buy? About 400,000 school lunches. Or 3 million pieces of string cheese. That’s more than anyone could eat in a lifetime! How long would it take to count to 1 billion? Too long! Counting to 1 billion nonstop would take almost 32 years.

#### How long would take to count to a trillion?

One Trillion Dollars – But how long to get to one trillion? A trillion is a thousand billion. So you’d need to be counting for 31.7 thousand years! To count one trillion dollars, one dollar per second, would take 31,688 years! Better start counting now! Below is a counter. It increments one dollar per second since you opened this page. How long before you get bored watching it? XXXXX

### Does it take 31 years to count to a billion?

Dividing the hours by 24, we get a new total of 11,574 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds. Finally, dividing by 365.25 (the extra quarter-day is for leap years), we end up with an approximate total of 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds.

### How long would it take to count to a billion dollars in cash?

Page 2 – In rupees, one billion equals 10,000 lakhs.1,000,000,000 is a natural number that equals one billion. The number 999,999,999 comes before 1 billion, and 1,000,000,001 comes after it. The concept of place value is used in mathematics to describe quantities.

There are two ways to interpret the place value of the digits in a number. The Indian System and the International System are the two. The place value charts are used to determine the number’s positional values. With the support of positions, numbers in the general form can be extended. The place value is ordered from right to left.

Starting with the unit location (one’s place), the place value progresses to tens, hundreds, thousands, and so on. Let us look at the value of 1 billion in rupees of the Indian scheme of place value and 1 billion dollars in rupees in words. We’ll also look at the position value chart for both the Indian and International systems.

### Can you count to 1 million a day?

Generally, if someone is able to count at a rate of 100 numbers per minute (without getting distracted), it would take around 16 hours to count to 1 million. That is about 960 minutes or 57,600 seconds of counting. It would take a million seconds = 16666.667 minutes = 277.778 hours = 11.57 days approx.

## Is A Zillion a real number?

‘Zillion’ is not a real number. It’s not actually the name of a number at all. People may say they have a ‘zillion’ things, but they are using this as a made-up adjective that means ‘a huge amount. ‘ In mathematics, there is no number called a ‘zillion.

#### What is the number 1000000000000000000000000?

Some Very Big, and Very Small Numbers –

Name | The Number | Prefix | Symbol |
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Very Big ! | |||

septillion | 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 | yotta | Y |

sextillion | 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 | zetta | Z |

quintillion | 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 | exa | E |

quadrillion | 1,000,000,000,000,000 | peta | P |

Very Small ! | |||

quadrillionth | 0.000 000 000 000 001 | femto | f |

quintillionth | 0.000 000 000 000 000 001 | atto | a |

sextillionth | 0.000 000 000 000 000 000 001 | zepto | z |

septillionth | 0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 001 | yocto | y |

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Also see### Can you count to 1 quadrillion?

Thus, to count 1 quadrillion it would take around 31.688 million years at the rate of 1 count per second. –

## Can you go past a trillion?

What Comes After Trillion: Quadrillion – If you asked us for the immediate response to the question: what comes after a trillion, it would be quadrillion. As you can see, that number comes exactly after a trillion.

- We can define a quadrillion as 1 with 15 zeros after it.
- It can written as 1,000,000,000,000,000.
- You can remember it as 5 groups of 3 zeros after the 1.
- We can represent it in the mathematical form as 1×10 15,

- One quadrillion = 1×10 15 = 1,000,000,000,000,000
- Do We Need to Know What Comes After a Trillion?
- Webster’s Dictionary talks about the differences between American and English numeration systems.

The list that we have created above is as per the American convention. There was no need for number names beyond millions until World War I. By that time, numbers could be expressed in powers of ten without needing to refer to them by any name. The same reason goes for why:

- A billion is 1,000,000,000 in the United States.
- While in England it is 1,000,000,000,000.

But representing numbers in terms of zeros and powers of tens can be a lot to ask for. People often get confused between the number of zeros and the powers of ten. That is why having names for larger numbers seems like a good idea. We hope this helps in understanding what comes after a trillion,

## What does $1 billion look like?

If you write a 1 followed by nine zeros, you get 1,000,000,000 = one billion! That’s a lot of zeros!

#### How to visualize one billion?

A word you hear a lot in the same sentence as funding, revenues, or dollars is “million “, It’s not large from a strictly mathematical or cosmological perspective, but arguably large from a conceptual one. I have a hard time visualizing even a few thousand of anything, so a mental trick for reframing large quantities is helpful for me in understanding such things.

I’d argue that’s important for just about anything being dealt with at scale — if nothing else but for the sake of grasping the gravity of the numbers being discussed. What does 1,000,000 look like? To visualize a million of something, in general, it’s helpful to imagine a cube measuring 100 of that thing on each side.

As you know volume is L × W × H, and 100 × 100 × 100 = 1,000,000, So for example, it turns out that 100 neatly stacked golf balls is 14 feet tall, so a million golf balls will perfectly fill a 14 × 14 × 14 ft cube (with no gap fill). That is to say, a million golf balls will fit in the average-sized master bedroom ¹.

- That’s a million.
- This cube creates an image that can be translated again hundreds (or thousands) of times to sum to more millions.
- In dollar terms, to visualize $1,000,000 we note that at a thickness of,0043 inches per bill, a stack of 10,000 × $100 bills equalling $1,000,000 would be 43 inches long.

Split into two 21.5 inch stacks, a million dollars would fit inside a medium-sized briefcase. What about 1 Billion? To continue the golf ball example, we can imagine a 10 × 10 × 1 square of master bedrooms full of 100 million golf balls, or a 10 × 10 × 10 cube of master bedrooms as a billion golf balls.

That’s 1,000 master bedrooms, each with 1 million golf balls. That’s a billion. Said another way, a billion golfballs would fit inside the Grand Central Terminal Main Concourse ². $1 Billion on the other hand would be one thousand 43 inch-long stacks of $100 bills. Noting that the width of a dollar bill is 2.61 inches and the length is 6.14 inches, a standard pallet measuring 40″ by 48″ would fit about 100 stacks of $1M (stacked vertically to a height of 43″), so a billion dollars would fit on ten standard pallets,

And finally, 1 Trillion? Trillions extend into territory difficult to comprehend even using numerical gymnastics and convenient approximations. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting exercise and lends insight into the numbers used in Gross Domestic and World Product discussions.

- For example, the 2019 US GDP was $21.4T, and the 2019 GWP was $86.6T.
- A trillion golf balls isa lot.
- At a volume of 2.74 billion cubic feet, a trillion golf balls would fill the world’s 2nd largest domed structure, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, nearly 28 times over ³.
- And finally, we approximate a trillion dollars would fit on ten thousand standard 40″ by 48″ pallets.

Put another way, $1T would cover a football field with full pallets of $100 billstwice ⁴, Summary 1 Million golf balls would fit inside the average master bedroom.1 Billion golf balls would fit inside Grand Central Terminal Main Concourse.1 Trillion golf balls would fill Dallas Cowboys Stadium 27.7 times.

- In $100 bills: $1 Million would fill a briefcase.
- 1 Billion would fit on ten standard pallets.
- 1 Trillion would cover a football field to a depth of 7 feet.
- Notes ¹ Using ball diameter d=1.68″ and assuming no gap fill-in (still in the packaging, maybe) Avg Master Bedroom Volume = 309 sq ft floor × 8 ft height = 2472 ft³ ≈ 2744 ft³ = 14 × 14 × 14 ft³ million golf ball volume.

² GCT Main Concourse Volume = 200 ft L × 120 ft W × 120 ft H ³ Dallas Cowboys Stadium Volume = 104 million ft³, and 104 million ft³× 28 ≈ 14 × 14 × 14 ft³ × 1 million ⁴ Using field length 360 ft and width 160 ft, $1T/((360ft×12in/6.14in)×(160ft×12in/2.61in)×$100)×.0043in/12in = 6.92ft

## How old is a billion hours?

A billion hours is equivalent to 114,000 years.

## How much is $1 billion in cash?

One billion dollars in U.S. currency equals 1,000 million dollars. This large numerical value holds significant importance when discussing vast quantities. For example:

The U.S. Census Bureau currently estimates the world population is almost 8 billion people — 7,868,872,451 to be exact. A recent McKinsey report notes that the world has never been wealthier than it is right now. Global net worth has more than tripled between 2000 and 2020, growing from $160 trillion in 2000 to $510 trillion in 2020. There are currently 2,668 billionaires around the world worth over $12.7 trillion. They include Elon Musk ($219 billion), Jeff Bezos ($171 billion), Mark Zuckerberg ($67.3 billion) and Rihanna ($1.7 billion), to name just a few.

Picturing values of a billion or trillion in the mind’s eye is challenging for most people because there is little visual reference to connect to each amount. To begin, it’s important to understand the difference between each number.

#### How long would 1 trillion seconds be?

How Long is a Trillion Seconds? The New York Times explaining large numbers like a million, billion, and trillion. The article was titled “Just how long is a trillion seconds?” In a letter to the editor, Dorothy C. Morrell from Seattle explains a trillion in terms of time.

- I asked myself, why not think of it in terms of seconds? A trillion seconds would have to be years, probably many years.
- I made a wild guess.
- As it turned out, I wasn’t close.
- I found that 1,000 seconds ago was equal to almost 17 minutes.
- It would take almost 12 days for a million seconds to elapse and 31.7 years for a billion seconds.

Therefore, a trillion seconds would amount to no less than 31,709.8 years. A trillion seconds ago, there was no written history. The pyramids had not yet been built. It would be 10,000 years before the cave paintings in France were begun. Was I alone in not knowing how long ago a trillion seconds was? I asked some of my neighbors what they would say if they were told they could have $1 trillion in one-dollar bills, so long as they agreed to initial each bill.

- Their answers were very similar.
- No!’ they said.
- When I asked why, they said, almost without exception, ”Because it would take me the rest of my life!'” Preaching Angles : 1) Forgiveness; Justification; Redemption – This illustration is good for explaining just how much we have been forgiven by Christ Jesus as in the story of the ten thousand talents (Matt.18:21-35).2) Debt; Finances; Money – It can also use it to explain any type of large number, like the national debt.3) Eternity; Heaven; Time – Our short time in trials on earth will fade compared to the eternal rewards that are to come.

Source: Dorothy C. Morrell, “Just How Long is a Trillion Seconds?” Opinion, The New York Times (9-28-86) : How Long is a Trillion Seconds?

### How long would $1 billion dollars last?

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Millions and Billions: How Big is That? Comprehending Large Numbers Some things are measured in millions and billions. There are millions of miles between the earth and the sun, and millions of stars in the sky. New movies often sell millions of dollars in tickets during their first week at a theater.

- Dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago.
- Our planet is billions of years old.
- Lawmakers work with budgets of millions or billions of dollars.
- The population of a large city or small country may be millions, while the population of the world is billions.
- In these activities, students explore the difference between a million and a billion.

How Much Is a Million? A Billion? Imagine someone gave you a million dollars and told you to spend $1,000 every day and come back when you ran out of money. You would return, with no money left, in three years. If someone then gave you a billion dollars and you spent $1,000 each day, you would be spending for about 2,740 years before you went broke.

How many dollar bills does it take to make a stack 1 inch high? Well, we’ll give you the answer: 100 dollar bills. That means a $1,000 stack is 10 inches high. Since a million is a thousand thousand, a million dollar bills would make a stack 10,000 inches high. How many feet high would that be? A billion is a thousand million.

A billion dollar bils would be 10,000,000 inches high. How many miles would that be? Try This!

How many days old would you be if you were a million seconds old? (HINT: Begin by figuring the number of seconds in one day, or 24 hours.) If you could choose between 1 million dollars and 1 billion dollars and were told you had to spend $1,000 every day until you ran out of money, which amout would you choose? Why?

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## What is the highest anyone has ever counted?

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the highest number ever counted to out loud by a person is one million. It took Jeremy Harper, a computer engineer from Birmingham, Alabama, 89 days to complete the task. He read the numbers aloud from a computer screen so that he did not lose his place.

## How long is 1 billion seconds exactly?

GRADES 6-8 – Start with one billion seconds. We calculate how many minutes this is by dividing by sixty: 1,000,000,000 seconds / 60 = 16,666,666 minutes and 40 seconds. Ignoring the remainder (or we can round up to 16,666,667 minutes), we divide the number of minutes by sixty to get hours: 16,666,666 minutes / 60 = 277,777 hours 46 minutes.

Again, we can ignore the remainder or, if you prefer, we can round the number of hours up to 277,778. Dividing the number of hours by 24 hours in a day gives 11,574 days and 1 (or 2 if you rounded) hours. Dividing 11,574 hours by 365 days in a year gives almost 31.71 years; accounting for leap years by dividing by 365.25 days in a year gives about 31.69 years, or 31 years and 251 days.

(The fact that 1900, 1800, and 1700 were not leap years does not figure in our immediate calculations, although they would make a difference in general calculations.) So, one billion seconds is about 31 years and 8 months long. students can calculate it as precisely as they want to.

Younger teachers can prepare to celebrate their billionth second (and older teachers their one-and-a- half-billionth second) with some sort of party, although a one-second-long party would be a very brief hoopla. One million minutes, dividing by 60 to convert to hours, gives 16,666 hours and 40 minutes.

We can round this up to 16,667 hours. To convert this to days, we divide by 24 hours in a day, giving a time of 694 days and 10 hours (or 11 hours if you rounded up). Two years are 730 days; thus, one million minutes comes to about 35 days short of two years.

### What is the world record for counting?

Jeremy Harper American world record holder For the Yukon politician, see, Jeremy Harper is an entrant in the for counting aloud to, the entire process. The count took Harper 89 days, during each of which he spent sixteen hours counting. He began on June 18, 2007, finishing on September 14.

#### What’s after Sextillion?

After a billion, of course, is trillion. Then comes quadrillion, quintrillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, and decillion. One of my favorite challenges is to have my math class continue to count by ‘illions’ as far as they can.

## Is Sextillion a number?

British Dictionary definitions for sextillion – noun plural -lions or -lion

- (in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 36 zeros (10 36 )
- (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 21 zeros (10 21 )

C17: from French, from sex- + -illion, on the model of septillion

## Does 1,000 trillion exist?

Large numbers are numbers above one million that are usually represented either with the use of an exponent such as 10 9 or by terms such as billion or thousand millions that frequently differ from system to system. The American system of numeration for denominations above one million was modeled on a French system, but in 1948 the French system was changed to correspond to the German and British systems.

In the American system each of the denominations above 1,000 millions (the American billion ) is 1,000 times the preceding one (one trillion = 1,000 billions; one quadrillion = 1,000 trillions). In the British system each of the denominations is 1,000,000 times the preceding one (one trillion = 1,000,000 billions) with the sole exception of milliard, which is sometimes used for 1,000 millions.

In recent years British usage has reflected widespread and increasing use of the American system. The table provides American and British names for various large numbers.

Large numbersvalue in powers of ten | number of zeros | American name | British name |
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10 9 | 9 | billion | thousand million or milliard |

10 12 | 12 | trillion | billion |

10 15 | 15 | quadrillion | thousand billion |

10 18 | 18 | quintillion | trillion |

10 21 | 21 | sextillion | thousand trillion |

10 24 | 24 | septillion | quadrillion |

10 27 | 27 | octillion | thousand quadrillion |

10 30 | 30 | nonillion | quintillion |

10 33 | 33 | decillion | thousand quintillion |

10 36 | 36 | undecillion | sextillion |

10 39 | 39 | duodecillion | thousand sextillion |

10 42 | 42 | tredecillion | septillion |

10 45 | 45 | quattuordecillion | thousand septillion |

10 84 | 84 | quattuordecillion | |

10 100 | 100 | googol | googol |

10 303 | 303 | centillion | |

10 600 | 600 | centillion | |

10 googol | googol | googolplex | googolplex |

This article was most recently revised and updated by Erik Gregersen,

#### How high can a person count in a lifetime?

Can you count to a trillion in your life? No. If you could count ten numbers in one second you would only reach approximately 25 Billion in 80 years of non-stop counting. That would only be 25,228,800,000 numbers counted at 10 numbers per second.

#### Has anyone counted to a billion?

Joseph B. asks: How long would it take to count to a million? What about a billion? What’s the highest anyone has ever counted? Counting is one of life’s most basic skills and something most humans are quite adept at. Despite most of us being experts on the subject, theoretically capable of counting infinitely high with the ceiling bounded only by available time and how good we are at staving off psychosis, few can accurately guess how long it would take to count to a million, let alone a billion.

- This is largely owing to the fact that our brains have an amazing amount of difficulty conceptualizing such large numbers.
- This all brings us to the question of the hour- just how long would it take to count to a million or a billion? Let’s start with a million.
- The most commonly put forward time it would take to count from one to a million out loud is about 23 days.

This time frame is cited in a number of textbooks we consulted and seems to have originated, as far as we can tell, in a children’s book suitably called, How Much is a Million by David Schwartz, which uses various examples to put into perspective how amazingly big numbers like a million really are,

Given the figure being cited in many a textbook and first appearing in a book literally titled How Much is a Million, you might assume it’s reasonably close to correct. This is not the case, however; this number significantly underestimates the actual time needed. You see, Mr. Schwartz wasn’t trying to come up with a real world figure here, just a simple exercise to blow kid’s minds without bogging them down in the details.

As such, there are a couple assumptions being made in the “23 days” figure that turn out to make it completely useless as a real world estimate of how long it would take to count to a million. The first assumption is that the person counting would be able to do so 24 hours a day non-stop.

- The second assumption is not quite so absurd on the surface: assuming that it would take only about 2 seconds on average to say each number.
- However, while certainly some of the lowest numbers can easily be said much faster than that and with little time needed for thinking, the majority of the numbers for an average speed speaker would take slightly longer.

For example, just consider how long it would take you to say out loud “one hundred ninety-five thousand five hundred sixty-five”. Granted, when speed speaking, one can easily hit the 2 second mark, or even less. But when actually counting aloud for many hours on end, there is a certain level of physical and mental fatigue that goes along with it that makes it so speed speaking isn’t really viable long-term.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. So just how long would it actually take someone to count to a million? Thanks to the efforts of one Jeremy Harper, we know the real world answer is somewhere in the vicinity of 89 days. How did Mr. Harper figure this out? Well, he did it from June 18 to September 14, 2007 and live-streamed the entire thing online for everyone to watch.

Harper, a software engineer whose boss gave him time off to do this, neither left his apartment nor shaved during the event; he recited numbers aloud (read off a computer monitor) for about an average of 16 hours every 24 hour period for 89 straight days.

This is about 3.9 times longer than the oft’ quoted 23 day estimate. To be clear, we’re not saying this all couldn’t be realistically done faster. Harper did take the occasional mini-break to break out in dance and things of this nature- he wasn’t trying to set a speed record to count to a million. However, given his overall pacing when counting was reasonably quick, he dedicated the vast majority of his waking hours to the task at hand, and the large sample size of counting time we’re dealing with here, this seems a pretty good ballpark figure to go with on the “How long does it take to count to a million?” front.

As for why Harper did it, he was looking to raise money for Push America (now The Ability Experience ), a charity that helps disabled people. Along with raising about $12,000 for the charity directly (and getting them a lot of free publicity), Harper’s achievement was recognised by no less of an authority than the Guinness Book of Records for being the highest number ever counted to by a human.

As you might imagine, the reality of spending nearly every waking moment for just shy of three months doing nothing but counting aloud was extremely mentally taxing according to Harper. As he noted, “The cameras that were on the whole time, I think, are really what kept me sane through the whole thing.

If I would have been locked in my apartment and counted to a million and nobody was watching, I would certainly have lost my mind. I would be like, you know, just out of it. ” Naturally, after hitting 1,000,000, he did what anyone would do after such a momentous achievement- the chicken dance,

- As for the feeling of finishing counting higher than any person before, according to Harper: at that moment, I lost – I just kind of lost all control, and then, you know, I said the number.
- And then, it was just like a big bubble – it’s kind of – just popping on me.
- At one time, I just said it and went with it.

You know, there’s a weird emotion. Now, within those 89 days, it took Harper about 1,424 waking hours, or about 5.13 million seconds to count to a million doing almost nothing but counting. This would mean the real world average time to speak each number is roughly 5.13 seconds or about 2.6 times slower than Mr.

- Schwartz’s 2 second assumption.
- Granted, when we timed Harper saying some of the largest numbers here and averaged it out, the two second mark wasn’t that far off, ending up around 2.6 seconds each.
- But in between time was needed to, you know, breathe, give the tongue, jaws, etc.
- A quick rest, and take time to think about the next number on the screen before saying it, to avoid messing up.

So what about a billion? As no one has ever counted that high (and no individual human ever will unless we solve that whole mortality thing), it’s difficult to get quite as accurate of a general ballpark figure. Seemingly the best way to do this would be to gather, say, 10,000 people and have them all take 100,000 number long segments out of the 1 billion number line and begin counting.

- We’d then simply need to add up the total time and get a good rough estimate.
- But as we don’t know 10,000 people willing to volunteer a couple weeks of their lives to such a task (unfortunately), we’ll give it our best college try at an estimate using Harper’s numbers as a reference point.
- On that note, as a sort of baseline, if we assume that the average time to say each number was the same as around what it is to count to one million, and assume the same very reasonable criteria as Mr.

Harper used (counting roughly 16 hours per day with small breaks here and there to eat, drink, etc.), that would be a whopping 5,126,400,000 seconds or 1,424,000 hours of actual counting time. After adding in the other eight hours of the day, this comes out to 89,000 days or roughly 244 years.

(And if you’re curious about the whole “no need to do anything else but count” scenario, that would be roughly 59,333 days or about 163 years.) But, of course, the time to say each number would actually go up slightly as one ascended the number ladder. But how much? Considerably based on a few practice runs we attempted on some of the larger numbers.

Beyond it being much harder than you might expect keeping the large number in your head to increment appropriately (an issue that could be avoided via reading the numbers off a screen as Harper did), the actual average time to say something like “three hundred twenty two million four hundred fifty two thousand seven hundred ninety nine” for us was around 4 seconds at a normal speaking pace.

Given Mr. Harper averaged an additional roughly 2.5 seconds in between each number, we’re looking at a slightly more realistic number (though still with a large error bar) of around 6.5 seconds average for those larger figures. The lower digits, of course, would be closer to Mr. Harper’s 5.13 total seconds, but, as with counting to a million, the upper end would come to dominate pretty quickly.

So just for an exceptionally rough ballpark figure, we’ll go with a more realistic 6 seconds per number average, giving us around 1,666,667 hours or 104,167 days (counting 16 hours per day) or roughly 285 years, assuming one had the benefit to get to read the numbers off a screen.

Without this, we’re quite certain given our little practice runs with counting such large figures, that it would take much, much longer due to added interim seconds needed for focusing/thinking in order to keep the number in one’s head and stave off a mental breakdown as the years go on.) So how long would it take to count to a billion? We’ll go with somewhere between 244-285 years counting for about 16 hours per day.

If you happen to know 10,000 people who want to dedicate a couple weeks to counting, maybe we can come up with a more accurate figure. 😉 If you liked this article, you might also enjoy our new popular podcast, The BrainFood Show ( iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Feed ), as well as:

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Bonus Fact:

Now that’s all counting to a billion with normal speaking pace. Just for fun, we were curious what the fastest speaker in the world could do assuming the unrealistic scenario of being able to motor-mouth all day. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the fastest talkers in the world can speak over 600 words per minute, such as Sean Shannon and Steven Woodmore, This is about four times faster than a normal speaking pace, meaning Shannon or Woodmore could count from 1 to a billion in about 71 years given the previous stipulations you know, if they had nothing better to do.

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## What is the highest number a human has ever counted to?

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the highest number ever counted to out loud by a person is one million. It took Jeremy Harper, a computer engineer from Birmingham, Alabama, 89 days to complete the task. He read the numbers aloud from a computer screen so that he did not lose his place.