For anyone whose spent the best part of the last 20 years living under a rock and doesn’t know what a Death Star is the best way to describe it is a metal, oval shaped space station armed with a giant laser that can destroy planets, made famous in the seminal Star Wars movies (the first three good one’s anyway).

The Death Star petition – which calls for construction of the Death Star to begin by 2016 – looks to be struggling, still requiring 24,046 signatures to pass before December 14th which doesn’t look likely.

“Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

“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.”

Never mind the fact that the building of such a space station if it were to go ahead, (which it definitely won’t) would cost the US government somewhere in the region of $8,100,000,000,000,000, which is an eye watering figure no matter who you are.

Not to mention the damaging effect a Death Star might have on any diplomatic relations we earthlings might have with any alien species.

Building an interplanetary weapon would certainly bring them out of the celestial woodwork, so to speak, but it might send the wrong message/spark a war of galactic proportions.

On the plus side however the nay-saying Republicans on Capitol Hill wouldn’t be so contradictory if Hilary Clinton accepted the Democratic parties’ presidential nomination in 2016 flanked by Darth Vader and an army of Stormtroopers, maybe even the Emperor.

Come to think of it, that would make for a press-conference actually worth watching.