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Making the Death Star and 'Star Wars' in 2012 dollars




A million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced when the U.S. government denied a citizens petition to build a Death Star last week. That's okay, because if you thought we were teetering on a fiscal cliff before, imagine what would happen if we tried to replicated something from a log time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Here are some figures I found this morning.

  • $40 million: Pricetag for George Lucas to have made his original Star Wars movie in 2012, according to Forbes.
  • $3 billion: The profit Lucas would have seen when dollars are adjusted for today's economy.
  • $852,000,000,000,000,000: Cost to build Death Star today, according to study by economics students at Lehigh University.
  • 833,315 years: Time to build Death Star using today's production rate of steel.

By the way, among the official reasons for the denial by the government came this gem: "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"

[Last modified: Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:10am]


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