White House shoots down demand to build 'Death Star'

In a country not so far, far away, plans had been hatched to construct an all-conquering super-weapon, a 'Death Star'.

Luckily for the rest of the world, the White House has rejected demands to build the Star Wars-inspired creation, saying that the US does not support blowing up planets.

Campaigners asked for one in a petition which gained enough signatures to legally require a response.

However, the administration has responded saying it would cost 850 quadrillion dollars, that is $850,000,000,000,000,000, to build.

Paul Shawcross, the head of the White House budget office's science and space branch, said: "The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon.

"The Administration does not support blowing up planets."

The BBC's science presenter, Professor Brian Cox, thought the response was "superb".

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