Please tell me this entire thread is just one big joke. In case it's not, here's a few points.
1. 1 trillion = 1,000,000,000,000 = 10^12 = a thousand billion = a million million. It's possible to perfectly understand what a trillion is and become detached from how truly gigantic a number it is. That's especially easy for people in the sciences who become accustomed to numbers like 6.02 x 10^23, 10^80, or even 10^(10^118). A visual may help some (especially visual types) and it does not bear on their level of intelligence or education.
2. One does not need a Ph.D. to be smart or knowledgeable. Bill Gates dropped out before getting his bachelor degree.
3. One does not need to be smart to get a Ph.D. There may be an exception to that in some fields, like theoretical astrophysics. But in most fields, it usually means a person is hardworking and dedicated.
4. The cartoon's clever, but cliched by now. I've seen numerous variations of the same joke.
Originally Posted by jillio
Could you please write that last sentence in proper English grammar? Surely someone that is so far superior to the rest of us in intellect and visualization abilities could use proper grammar.
Are you sure you want to go there? Because you're sitting in a glass house surrounded by nothing but rocks. Picking one up and throwing it is really not a good idea.