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Old 04-29-2016, 07:56 PM
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Trying to find a single expensive thing, I looked at the cost of the Large Hadron Collider. Only $9 billion -- for all the science we get out of it, it's a bargain compared to an aircraft carrier.
For all that money, you'd think they could have made it weasel-proof.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:35 PM
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I just stumbled across this article that says a new nuclear power plant in the UK will be the most expensive thing ever constructed when it is completed at about 35 billion dollars.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-361...m_content=link
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:41 PM
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WWII cost the United States $4.1 trillion in 2011 dollars, and just for military operations, add the Marshall Plan in and the costs to all the other countries involved ... lives lost ... cultures destroyed ... and there's still unexploded bombs lurking, waiting to kill more peoples. {"Costs of Major U.S. Wars"}
Cited entirely for the comment in the "reason for editing line," not citeable automatically, but brilliant.

Otherwise a "" to begin this post is definitely weird.
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Don't forget we still have to clean up the mess we made, $112 billion estimated just for Hanford {Cite}
Even that would be spread across dozens of weapon projects and tens of thousands of individual weapons, as Hanford was used for decades
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:27 AM
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I just stumbled across this article that says a new nuclear power plant in the UK will be the most expensive thing ever constructed when it is completed at about 35 billion dollars.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-361...m_content=link
If we're including things that aren't yet built, the Chuo Maglev (magnetically levitated train line from Tokyo to Osaka) will cost 9 trillion yen, which is about 85 billion US dollars.

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Not a physical thing, but if we're considering concepts like military budgets, etc...the notional value of the global derivatives market is estimated to be $1.2 quadrillion - ten times global GDP. Though, that figure is pretty much meaningless.
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:20 PM
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Not a physical thing, but if we're considering concepts like military budgets, etc...the notional value of the global derivatives market is estimated to be $1.2 quadrillion - ten times global GDP. Though, that figure is pretty much meaningless.
Let's create an even bigger notional market right now. I will bet you $1 that I won't earn $1,000 quadrillion next year. If you take that bet, the notional value of our bet is greater than the entire global derivatives market. Meaningless is right.
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