Care to guess when that will be? Well, you don’t have to guess because I have done the heavy lifting and figured it out for you. You may be surprised.
First, though, a word of explanation for friends in other countries: In the calculations below, I will be using American understanding of the values billion and trillion, that is, 1,000,000,000 (1e9) and 1,000,000,000,000 (1e12), respectively, and not some other definition of what those terms may mean in other parts of the world. I know. I am an ugly American.
Let's see how long it will take for you to become a trillionaire. Bear with me while I calculate.
By 12:17 AM you will have amassed $1,000 USD. By 2:47 AM you will have amassed $10,000 USD. By 3:47 AM on Day 2 your fortune will have reached $100,000 USD. And in the early afternoon on the eleventh day, you will have become a millionaire.
So far, so good. The entire inheritance should be yours in practically no time and you can begin spending it, right?
You will probably be surprised to learn just how far it is between a million and a billion, and how far it is between a billion and a trillion.
At the rate of $86,400 per day (there are that many seconds in a day) and a million dollars every eleven and a half days, you will become a billionaire in -- wait for it -- 31 years, 8 months. I am not even kidding. But the end is not yet. To gain access, finally, to the entire trillion dollars your Great-uncle Alphonse so generously left to you, you will have to wait a mere 31,710 years.
Editor's note. I fudged a little. To make the calculations easier, I used 365 days in a year. But we all know that thanks to Julian
The moral of this post is simply this: Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, because it is a long way to Tipperary.
Yours from mixed-metaphor land,