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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One billion seconds

This weekend, my brother Nick emailed my twin sister and me to congratulate us for reaching exactly one billion seconds! A billion seconds, he told us, equals 31 years, 259 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes and 40 seconds. I love how, true to form, Nick adjusted for daylight savings, leap years and time zones. :)

(Photo by Maple Syrup Only)

89 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

a million seconds = only 11.5 days! (i always used to think of a million and a billion as sort of the same thing, but not anymore...a billion is so much more)

Joanna Goddard said...

omg, that comment was dorky. :)

gemma said...

that is very funny. your brother sounds like a hoot.

Leigh said...

Well then I'm a dork too, because this illustration is blowing my mind right now!!!!

Jessica Hoareau said...

LOVE IT!! so cool!

Diana Mieczan said...

What a sweet brother:)
Congrats to you and your sister on reaching one billion seconds...Now I am going to do my math and check out how many seconds I reached so far..
Kisses, Joanna

Marcy said...

that is SUPER cute! Such a sweetheart dork of a brother.

nikaela marie said...

wow. my brain is boggeling... a billion is so much more than a million. heee! my husband will turn a billion seconds old in a couple years.... I will have to make him a cake!! xo happy tuesday!

dee said...

cool....i'm looking forward to my billionth in a couple of years!

& you are sooo right about million and billion, who would have thought!

Melissa Blake said...

That is so coool!!! You've got a sweet brother!!

Now, all i have to do is figure out the math for mine!

Croatian_Latina said...

I'm just realizing that you have a twin sister Joanna! I was with you million or billion, that's alot of zeroooos!LOL

Angie said...

awww so thoughtful!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

That is so cool! I'm about a billion too then, hehe!

Monica from Hola!design said...

omg that's math I can't even do!

Charlie said...

congratulations to you and your sis! and what a lovely brother! what a funny way he has ^^ and I've though a million and a billion to be closer as well, but not anymore, just like you said!

maggie said...

your brother sounds aweomse!

Manu said...

Owhhh, so sweet of your brother!1 Honestly, I got lost in the middle of the chart, haha, Happy billionth second Jo!

leanne said...

Oh I was born 26th Jan 1979! so I am a billion seconds and a bit haha! x

Ann Marie said...

What a thoughtful brother and cool keepsake! Definitely frame worthy :)

Laura Wynn said...

aha, what a fun thing to know! Now I can't wait to be a billion seconds old! (in 9 years..;)

Michelle said...

Aww sweet, I am almost there! I wish I had a cool brother, shucks.

Amanda said...

That's so cute your brother would even think to do that! Happy one billionth b-day! xo

Megan said...

How thoughtful and charming of your brother to document this milestone!

Megan said...

How thoughtful and charming of your brother to document this milestone!

Stella Annabelle said...

Such a SWEET brother!

You and your twin should take a picture together at exactly the billionth second (or as close as you can...). Frame one for yourselves, and one for your brother - a fabulously unique moment in time, bringing your family together...

Melanie's Randomness said...

That's awesome!! I've never heard of a billion seconds birthday! Cute!

Nadine2point0 said...

Hilarious! Seconds tick by so fast, aak! Your brother is clever, but I am breaking out in hives here with the math!

Hailey said...

Way to ruin the guessing game Joanna! Your brother is awesome.

Grandma Kathleen said...

when's your birthday? my son is around that age too. his birthday is Dec 8

Raisa said...

Here's wishing another happy billion! May you have all the happiness and love in the world :)

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margott said...

what a lovely brother you have!
i didn't know either that you have a twin sister.. that's cool!

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Tracey said...

How cute is your brother...er the cutest! And my sister is having twins!! How did you/do you like being a twin? xx

esdelope said...

OK - I was shocked too!

Becca

Kenzie Chesnut said...

this is so fun- I wonder how long your brother had been planning this and counting down the seconds!! (literally :D )
so cute.

spottedinflorence said...

really cool!!!
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sumslay said...

Love it! My senior year, we had a speaker in class that tried to explain a million vs. a billion and he did a great job. Basically, he said that you could spend $1000 *a day* since Jesus was born and still have money to spare (this was in 2000). That still blows my mind.

Btw, there are a lot of sites that will do the math for you since we're not all Nicks. :) http://www.onlineconversion.com/howold.htm

You can bet that I totally went out when I turned 10,000 days old. It was very exciting. *nerd*

Miss Amy said...

wow, this is impressive! I wonder if Nick would sell his superpower math services? This would make a fun gift to give someone.... Unfortunately, I have a hard enough time calculating what time to call my friends in Paris when it's actually daylight...let alone calculate someone's age in seconds, factoring in leap years, time zones, etc.... Let me know if he's up for it!? :)

Joanna Goddard said...

tracey, i love being a twin! totally fun to always have someone to hang out with. :)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Wow that's so impressive for him to know!

Joanna Goddard said...

sumslay, that is so fascinating! and thanks for the website tip.

Francesca said...

your brother is so sweet and bonkers! hooray for dorky families!

Lisa Griffin said...

oh i didn't know you were a twin, i totally want to have twin girls! that is so sweet of your brother
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Annie said...

your brother is so adorable and sweet!! is he single? :) i am not single, but i have single friends. and he sounds like a catch :)

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, annie, actually no, he is taken :)

Ashleigh said...

Happy billion seconds old birthday then! The hubby and I celebrate days of marriage in addition to anniversaries. Currenlty we're at 2628 :)

Caroline Royce said...

Haha what a geek! I love the spreadsheet. Your brother is very clever.

Katie Bright said...

This is awesome! As in, I'm in awe.

Bee Vintage Redux said...

Wow...that is an awful lot of math to wrap your brain around...what a sweet brother the two of you have for taking on such a huge amount of calculating!

goose and bear said...

That is so, so sweet of your brother.

A Flourishing Perspective said...

Oh this is brilliant! That's so funny of your brother to do that. :) I love it.

And your first comment on this was quite adorable.

XOXO-
Rachel

joyefulart said...

That is sweet and thoughtful of your brother :)!

amber, theambershow said...

FUN! I figured this out earlier this year and wrote down the date and time I'll hit it. I plan on throwing a One Billion party. It's November in a few years.

v smyrniotis said...

Aw, haha. Congratulations on a billion seconds then! :)

Nicole* said...

how cool is that? Happy billion seconds Joanna!

Notes from Holly St. said...

wow...what an interesting factoid! congrats on living a billion seconds :)

Anna Walker said...

Uhmmmmm your brother is a freaking genius! :)

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Allison said...

That's such a fun email to receive :) Love it!

bebe bird beck said...

hahah You're comment was so cute and not at all dorky.
Made me laugh.

Robin said...

I am happily married, but I think I have a little crush on your brother...that is just so sweet

Jovana M. said...

Congrats on being one billion seconds old! That sounds like an astonishing amount but kinda moot when you think about the earth's billions of billions seconds. :)

(Sorry, I had to be a bit dorky too.)

the gracious gaze said...

this is great!!

Kate said...

omg. what a good brother. :)

kelly ann said...

your brother is cool. happy one billion seconds, joanna. :)

CLAIRE STAR said...

wow - what a sweet brother you and Lucy have! a billion is so much more than a million. very sweet post!

liso. said...

i love a billion of anything! i wish i was a few months YOUNGER than you rather than a few months older, so I, too, could celebrate my billionth.

must bookmark for sister's birthday.

ps. i think i have a little nerd love for your brother now!

Carissa said...

your brother is amazing. love this! and love your comment. I always thought of a million and a billion not being that far apart either... I was just like, eh, million, billion, whatev, it's a lot! haha.

abigail said...

now that's a brother who is glad you're his sister!
amazing.

All kinds of candy said...

That is sooo cool and soooo sweet of him!!!
Cant't wait to turn a billion seconds now!

All kinds of candy said...

Actually I'm turning 25 the day after tomorrow. I wonder how many seconds that is!

Melanie said...

I love the idea until I found this site and it counts the seconds away... http://www.mathcats.com/explore/age/calculator.html

Maria Ana said...

Great gift from him :)

Maria Ana
www.thebeautylover.blogspot.com

Nick Goddard said...
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Nick Goddard said...

haha, glad you all liked this idea. Jovana, the earth isn't actually billions of billions of seconds old. I think the earth is about 4 billion years old. To find out how many billions of seconds that is: 4 billion years * (1 billion seconds / 32 years ) = 1.25E8 billion seconds.

So the earth is actually about 125 million billions of seconds old, or 1/8 of a billion billion seconds old.

Amanda said...

It's crazy to think how much more time 1 billion seconds is compared to 1 million. And I'm glad you told us Joanna, because math is so not my thing. I never would have figured that out lol.

Aron said...

Darn I missed marking my billionth second--if only I had known! ;)

Your brother rocks. :)

KATIE said...

I love this. I noticed your birthday was less than 4 months before mine so I did all my calculations...and I'll be turning 1 billion seconds old on January 23. I'm thinking of throwing a huge party. I never throw myself a birthday party and this will be so unique everyone will love it!!!!

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Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE this idea! How fun!!! I am going to turn one billion seconds this year and must mark this!

Liesl :)

erica said...

how fun! my 31st birthday is coming up next month so i just missed mine, but still very cool!

Nick Goddard said...

You didn't miss yours erica, as your billionth second will be around 31 years 8 months from your birth.

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thinkpriddy said...

i always thought they were kind of the same too! hahaha

Colleen / Inspired to Share said...

omg i love this, so funny! nick is too cute! sounds a little like my nerdy nick too ; )

Opal said...

OK - I've been a years-long lurker on this site and have enjoyed all of the wonderful things shared throughout. But this is the first time I've felt so moved to post a comment.

What your brother did for you and your twin sister is so AWESOME. !!! I hope that my children create and nurture a bond as close as you and your siblings have. BEAUTIFUL!

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Ashley S. said...

Your very first, "dorky" comment is totally blowing my mind! Haha

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