You may remember the story of the Death Star petition, which urged the White House to build the moon-sized battle station from Star Wars — and to which the White House actually responded. It was probably one of the most surreal moments of the Obama administration so far

What you probably don’t know is that both the petition and the response can be traced back to a whimsical calculation by a couple of college students on either side of the Atlantic. Here’s how it went down

In January 2012, a student at the University of Leicester in England was watching Return of the Jedi when a question popped into his head about Star Destroyers. These sleek triangular battleships of the Galactic Empire are seen on screen at the beginning of every movie in the original Star Wars trilogy Read more…

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