One billion is, for lack of a better word, A LOT . Most people use this number without realizing how big it really is. In this essay, I intend to give you a perspective on just how large a number one billion is. One billion seconds, one billion names written on a banner, one billion hairs.....each of these things may be small, but when there are one billion of them, it's a whole different ball game.

One billion seconds past October 16, 2002 1:00:00 p.m. would be June 24, 2033 2:46:40 p.m. To find this out, the following math must be done. 1,000,000,000 (seconds) divided by 60 (seconds per minute) equals 16666666.67 (minutes in one billion seconds). This number divided by 60 (minutes per hour) equals 277777.7778 (hours in one billion seconds). This number divided by 24 (hours per day) equals 11574.07407 (days in one billion seconds). This number divided by 365 (days per year) equals 31.70979197 (years in one billion seconds). Now .70979197 must be broken down into days, hours, minutes, and seconds. .70979197 (years) multiplied by 365 (days per year) equals 259.0740691 (days in .70909197 years). .0740691 (days) multiplied by 24 (hours per day) equals 1.7776584 (hours in .0740691 days). .7776584 (hours) multiplied by 60 (minutes per hour) equals 46.659504 (minutes in .7776594 hours). .659504 (minutes) multiplied by 60 (seconds per minute) equals 39.57024 (seconds in .659504 minutes). 39.57024 seconds is rounded to 40 seconds. The number of years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds (whole numbers) above are put together, and we end up with one billion seconds equaling 31 years, 259 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds. If this amount of time is added to October 16, 2002 1:00:00 p.m., we end up at July 2, 2033 2:46:40 p.m.. Since there are eight leap years in this period of time, eight days are subtracted and we end up at June 24, 2033 2:46:40 p.m.

A banner that has all of a person's direct descendants in 30 generations