July 4, 2022

Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest human and protagonist of our simulated universe, has reached an agreement to buy Twitter for $44 billion. It’s one of the biggest deals in tech history, with potentially massive consequences for online discourse.

But it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the frankly ridiculous amount of money involved in this historic transaction. 44 billion U.S. dollars is impossible for most of us to comprehend. Withdrawn in $100 bills, it’d weigh 440 metric tons. And if you could put all of those bills into a single stack, it’d be 30 miles high.