What Does $170 Billion Get You?

With the massive numbers that make up the news coverage of the financial crisis - from the $2 trillion bailout to Obama's $75 billion mortgage plan - it's hard to make sense of what those figures really mean.

So, as a service to readers rolling their eyes at the news that federal prosecutors are seeking up to $170 billion in forfeiture from alleged fraudster Bernard Madoff, here is a slideshow that depicts items that can be purchased with 170 followed by nine 0's (according to prices quoted in recent years).