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Or is it?
In January 2013, the White House put the kibosh on a 4chan-created petition to build a Death Star. But now, thanks to a new Kickstarter project, there’s a new hope for the moon-sized weapon of mass destruction.
“In November 2012 the people asked for a death star,” writes www.gnut.co.uk, the project’s creator. “The government said NO!
“In light of continuing threats we should build it ourselves.”
The crowdfunding campaign is hoping to raise £20,000,000 ($31,424,000) and has established a stretch goal—a secondary monetary amount should the initial figure be met—of £543,000,000,000,000,000 ($853,161,600,000,000,000, or just over $853 quadrillion) to fund the whole thing. Some of that money will be used to purchase “enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports.”
To curb expenses, the endeavor will be open sourced.
As of this writing, 1,281 people have backed the project, pledging £217,619 ($342,641) with 51 days left to go. A £1 pledge will result in an acknowledgement and a thanks. Those who chip in £10 will have their names “etched onto the underneath of one of the MSE-6-series repair droids used on the finished station.”
If the ludicrous nature of the project isn’t enough to make you think that this is one big joke, then perhaps its deadline might help you change your mind. The campaign will end on April 1, 2013.
Photo via Joe Wolf/Flickr
Fidel Martinez is a web culture and politics reporter. His work for the Daily Dot focused on Reddit and YouTube.