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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Geeky nerd talk #1: How much does it cost to build one Death Star?

This is one (or rather two I should say!!) superstructure that most of us Star Wars fanboys and geeks/nerds adore ever so much. Yeah, all of us enjoyed those delicate moments when the photon torpedo was accurately blasted down the 'chimney' aka thermal exhaust port by Mr. Skywalker on the first Death Star or when Mr. Calrissian and co. gleefully destroyed the 2nd Death Star from the inside (and proceeded to bail-out via an impossible escape scene thereafter!!). Sweet memories....

But wait! Does anybody ever imagined or wondered how much exactly does it cost the Empire to build one of these artificial planets? Apparently some guy took all the trouble to calculate (theoretically) and determine the cost involved to do so....right down to the last cent!!!!! According to him, it costs approximately USD15 septillion (that's a staggering 24 'zeros' after the number '15'!!!!) to build one. Errr, wait...is there even such a thing as 'septillion'? I'm no mathmatician....and I have no knowledge of what comes after the obvious trillion, 'gajillion' or 'bazillion'....hahahah!

No wonder Palpatine was super-pissed when the Rebels destroyed the 1st Death Star!!! Left him with minimal budget to build the 2nd one!

You can read the full hillarious (yet so mind-boggling and intriguingly explained!) article here!

And just for further laughs, this is an excerpt from one of my favourite movie from Kevin Smith, Clerks....a geeky conversation between the two storeclerks, with one arguing on the fact that 'innocent people' died on the 2nd Death Star......
RANDAL: Well, the thing is, the first Death Star was manned by the Imperial army-storm troopers, dignitaries- the only people onboard were Imperials.

DANTE: Basically.

RANDAL: So when they blew it up, no prob. Evil is punished.

DANTE: And the second time around...?

RANDAL: The second time around, it wasn't even finished yet. They were still under construction.


RANDAL: A construction job of that magnitude would require a helluva lot more manpower than the Imperial army had to offer. I'll bet there were independent contractors working on that thing: plumbers, aluminum siders, roofers.

DANTE: Not just Imperials, is what you're getting at.

RANDAL: Exactly. In order to get it built quickly and quietly they'd hire anybody who could do the job. Do you think the average storm trooper knows how to install a toilet main? All they know is killing and white uniforms.

DANTE: All right, so even if independent contractors are working on the Death Star, why are you uneasy with its destruction?

RANDAL: All those innocent contractors hired to do a job were killed- casualties of a war they had nothing to do with.

Conclusion: You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault.....:p

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Little Plastic Man said...

LOL...great article!!

darthmental said...

kena bayar guna republic credits tu. :P

clerks.. haha. ko tengok kevin smith punya short movie tak.. TROOPERCLERKS. lawak gila bro.

Jason said...

Clerks is a classic. One of my all-time favorite movies as well. Definitely my favorite Kevin Smith film.