Introducing the **Stupid-Crazy Amount of Money Series! **As the name sorta kinda hints at, this series will focus on having a **stupid-crazy **amount of money and what could possibly be done with it. For those who don’t possess the vernacular of a mid-20’s geek, stupid-crazy is actually in fact a scientific term, a hyphenated adjective, if you will, that describes “amount of money” in this case. Put another way, a **stupid-crazy **amount of money means having a rather large amount of cash at your disposal that is ridiculous, almost impossible, and utterly nonsensical… all at the same time.

Okay, so while not exactly a scientific term, I’ve just made it an **official Financial Highway term**, so just go with it.

Anyway, this is **simply a fun, creative series **that explores what could be done with unlimited cash. Ever wanted to **buy Russia?** How about the moon? Maybe you just want to buy every single dog in the world a pink stuffed chew-toy? Whatever you want to do, you can do it in the **Stupid-Crazy Amount of Money series**. Below is the first entry.

**Building the Death Star laser**

Might as well start off this series with a bang. A rather violent, planet-exploding bang. Exactly how would one go about building the Death Star laser? That’s what we’re about to examine.

**Fire the “laser”**

The main draw of the Death Star is that really big powerful laser thingy. Ya know, the one that **blows up Princess Leia’s home planet of Alderaan **(even though she *CLEARLY* wasn’t lying about the location of the secret rebel base being on Dantooine… what’s up with that????)

Unfortunately, there’s no laser that powerful that currently exists… yet. There is a facility being built in Eastern Europe however, called the **Extreme Light Infrastructure Project**, that plans on housing a laser that operates in the exawatt scale, which is equivalent to 1 quintillion watts. Is this laser powerful enough to blow up a planet? Let’s find out.

According to this random website I found on the internet that must be accurate **simply because everything on the internet is true**, the power required to blow up a planet would need to be in the range of at least 2.2 x 10 to the 32^{nd} joules (that’s 220,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, which is said to be **220 nonillion **in America). Now we need to convert that to watts using some nifty online conversion calculators.

I discovered through my research online that **one joule being applied per second is equal to 1 watt**. Since my random website didn’t specify any kind of time duration, let’s assume it takes 220 nonillion joules of energy per second to blow up a planet. That means that it would require 220 nonillion watts to blow up a planet.

Now, how many exawatts (the amount that the Extreme Light Infrastructure Project will produce) are there in 220 nonillion watts?

Well, 1 exawatt is equal to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 quintillion watts. By taking 220 nonillion watts and dividing it by 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 quintillion watts (which is 1 exawatt… stay with me), we find that there are 220,000,000,000,000 trillion exawatts in 220 nonillion watts.

According to Engadet, the ELI Project will cost around $1 billion to build. That means for $1 billion dollars, we can construct a laser that is 1 exawatt strong… but don’t we need about 219 trillion more exawatts to blow up Leia’s little corner of the galaxy?

Okay, I’ve got the answer.

I know how much the Death Star laser would cost.

Really, I do.

You wanna know?

For real? You really, really wanna know?

Okay, enough stalling…

Scroll a little more…

Little more…

Almost there…

Okay, okay, sorry. Here it is.

**$220 Sextillion Freakin’ dollars**

That’s right. That’s 220 followed by 21 zeros. There’s only 9 zeroes in a billion… 12 zeros in a trillion… **that’s a stupid-crazy number.**

But we’re not done yet boys and girls, that’s just the cost of the laser. I don’t even want to think about how much it would cost to build any kind of structure that's the size of a small moon. Because remember, *“That’s no moon! That’s a space station.”*