A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion minutes ago, Jesus was barely dead.
A billion seconds ago, it was 1974.
A billion pounds of UK government spending ago was just 15 hours, 6 minutes and twenty seconds ago.
Makes you think.
UPDATE: A reader has just told me about a claim by Croydon LibDems that their local council failed to collect £9 billion in Council Tax (the realfigure was £9 million). Click HERE if you think I'm making this up. Seems they went to the same maths class as LibDem Treasury Spokesman Julia Goldsworthy, who also doesn't know her billions from her elbow.
Hat-tip to Kiwi Blog