Money and the display of information

25 Nov

The comic this Monday from XKCD was a depiction of money and it’s relative value.


Money from XKCD

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What I found so fascinating about this graph was how well it clarified the quantities that are being looked at. Some of the numbers are still hard to understand but at least they are put in perspective. One thing that I really like about this chart is that there are lots of serious points on this chart but to help put it in perspective there are many less serious points that the average person can relate to. Making things easier to relate to can help a lot in making things like the millions, billions, and trillions more understandable.

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