1,000,000,000,000,000 . How many is a Brazillion? THAT number above is a Quadrillion...(well, its an American Quadrillion...but British one is much bigger, hah).....but really just an excuse to post another picture of this lovely common Kingfisher.
During the Gulf War, President George W. Bush was briefed that 3 Brazilian soldiers had been killed in combat the previous day.
With the furrowed brow of a deeply concerned leader, after a long pause the President replied, "That's just terrible. How many is a Brazillion?"
on my note about the differences in numbers.....
In the American system, the Latin prefix refers to the number of groups of three zeros, not including the last group of three, which represents a thousand. Thus in the USA, a billion is 1,000,000,000 (109) and a quadrillion is a mere 1,000,000,000,000,000. (1015).
Wheras the original and best British System
In the British system, the Latin prefix represents the power of a million, thus a British billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (1012) and a British quadrillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1024).
All clear? and a joke to boot!
About 10 years ago, two scientists decided to estimate the total number of birds on the planet. The number they came up with was 200 to 400 billion individual birds.
I think that this is one of the loveliest birds of Hong Kong. 普通翠鳥 . Common Kingfisher . Alcedo atthis -
That is a lot of birds....BUT... bird numbers have been declining both in terms of species numbers (by about 500 species) and numbers of individuals (by about 20-25%). This decline is due to human activities, such as the cutting down of forests, contamination, invasive species (like cats) , and climate change.