Marijuana, secession and now Star Wars
: Thousands of Americans have signed yet another bizarre online White House petition, this one to "secure funding and resources" to build the 'Death Star' space station from the popular sci-fi film.
"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense," the petition on the White House website reads.
The document, created on November 14 by a resident of Colorado, has already collected over 5,000 signatures. The petition needs around 20,000 more by December 14 for it to be formally reviewed by the White House staff.
The Death Star is the planet-destroying space station built by the Galactic Empire in the wildly popular sci-fi movie saga Star Wars
, directed by George Lucas. The franchise is adored by millions of fans around the world.
Earlier this year, students at Lehigh University in the US calculated the hypothetical cost of building a Death Star at $8.52 quadrillion - roughly 13,000 times the world's GDP.
The White House's petition platform, which allows anyone to offer suggestions to the government, is relatively new and was created to provide citizens with "new way to create or join the petition encouraging government to take action on the range of issues."
The move has resulted in a cornucopia of bizarre petitions: Adopting the Gray Wolf to join the Bald Eagle as the national mascot; legalizing the use of magic mushrooms and mescaline; even to "shut down White House petitions, since they never get a sincere response... and are ultimately worthless."
The most popular petition on the website so far calls for the peaceful secession of Texas, which has collected over 110,000 signatures.