Students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have calculated that it would cost over $852,000,000,000,000,000 (or $852 quadrillion dollars) just to buy the 1.08×1015 tonnes of steel needed to build a Death Star. That’s more than 13,000 times your entire planet’s GDP. Lehigh’s students estimate that at Earth’s current rate of steel production (1.3 billion tonnes per annum), it would take a mere 833,315 years to produce enough steel to begin work.
TOTALLY WORTH IT.
It pays for itself.
“But that astronomically large figure doesn’t even factor in energy and labour costs, to name but a few. How could something that expensive possibly pay for itself?” we hear you ask. EASILY, that’s how, imaginary question-asker. Once you’ve built yourself a Death Star, you travel around the galaxy and point your $852 quadrillion megalaser at other people’s planets. You’ll be surprised how quickly and COMPLETELY OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL they offer to help cover your costs.
Is there a cooler, more bad ass, more famous super weapon in the entire universe? No. Can you really put a price on cool? Yes, probably. But for the purposes of our argument? NO. Absolutely not. Unless the price you’re talking about is $852 quadrillion dollars. Plus, you get to say, “We blow up planets now. Blowing up planets is cool.”
Everybody else is doing it.
As the caring utterly merciless totalitarian space dictatorship that we are, it would be quite remiss of us if we didn’t give you Earthlings some perspective: it’s all giant planet-destroying doomsday weapons out here in space. It’s Science Fact that literally every alien race ever has one and THEY WANT TO KILL YOU WITH IT. Daleks? Reality bomb. Romulans? Black hole-generating mining vessel. Vogons? Constructor Fleet. Why? Who knows? Maybe it’s for Earth’s natural resources. Or MAYBE it’s to prevent Nickelback from making more albums. Okay, it’s almost definitely the Nickelback thing.
Like you were really going to do anything better with that money anyway.
What the hell else are you going to spend your money on, Earth? Housing? Education? Universal health care? Drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions? Greatly alleviating unemployment and class inequality? Pffft. You know what the problem is with all of those things? NONE OF THEM EXPLODE ANYTHING. Trust us, nothing melts away your cares like melting away somebody else’s planet.
It’s good to keep busy.
If you’ve ever spent ages lovingly building a huge LEGO Star Destroyer or diorama, fashioning an AT-AT out of pancakes or even sunk a lot of time into a non-Imperial weapon of death-related hobby (weird), you’ll know there’s nothing more fulfilling than taking the time to craft something with your own hands. Well, take that feeling and multiply it by four GAZILLION when planet Earth unites to build it’s first Death Star. Surely there can be no more satisfying feeling than putting the finishing touches on your very own 160km in diameter death laser that you (circle appropriate):
- built with your very own hands
- forced enslaved aliens on countless planets across the galaxy to build for you on pain of death.
In conclusion, what are you waiting for?
Via the fantastic folk at Shortlist.com, who were the first of many to send us the tip.