Me: What’s 7999999999 plus 1?

My son: That’s too big Daddy, I can’t add those!!

Me: Okay, let’s try a simpler problem. What’s 9 + 1?

Son: 10

Me: 99 + 1?

Son: 100

Me: 999 + 1?

Son: 1000

Me: 9999 + 1?

Son: I don’t know how to say the next number. Oh wait! TEN thousand (proudly).

Me: 99,999 + 1?

Son: 100, 000

Me: 999,999 + 1?

Son: How do you say 1000 thousands?

Me: 1 million

Son (laughs): Okay the last one is 1 million then.

Me (continuing): What’s 9,999,999 plus one?

Son: 10 million.

Me: What’s 99,999,999 + 1?

Son: 100 hundred million.

Me: 999,999,999 plus one?

Son: How do you say 1000 millions?

Me: One billion.

Son: That’s the answer then, 1 billion.

Me: Okay, now try the first problem. What’s 7,999,999,999 plus one?

Son (no hesitation): 8 billion.

Son: What’s 1000 billion?

Me: One trillion.

Son: What’s 1000 trillions?

Me: One quadrillion.

Son (giggles): And then?

Me: Quintillion

Son: What’s next!

Me: Sextillions, then Septillions, then Octillions, then Nonatillions, then probably Decitillions.

Son: What’s next?

Me: Probably Endekatillions and Dodekatillions, but that’s the limit of my Greek.

Me: What if we played our adding game forever?

Son: Infinity! But we’d have to play in Heaven because even if we played until the end of our lives, we still wouldn’t reach infinity.

(Leads to a long discussion on whether heaven exists and where we go when we die.)

# What’s 7999999999 plus 1

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