We all hear politicians, businessmen, and news channels quoting these figures daily , and maybe we can't grasp the quantifiable difference. I heard a great analogy recently, which helps to get our brains round the difference ( we already know that a billion is 1000x a million but can't grasp the concept ). So, ---if you stayed awake for around 12 hours a day , and counted up to 1 million, it would take you around 18 DAYS. If you stayed awake for 12 hours a day and counted up to 1 Billion, it would take you ???? Around 62 YEARS !