Fly me to the moon

Maybe $100,000,000 US dollars wouldn’t get you an actual trip to the moon in a space craft (those things cost billions!), but since the moon is on average 239,000 miles away from the Earth at a given time you could probably make that distance several thousand times – in first class in a conventional aircraft. A redeye round trip flight from Detroit to Tokyo (approximately on the other side of the planet) on hotwire.com is going for $1092 so that would mean that since the Earth itself is about 7,926 miles in diameter then a one way trip to the moon would be equal to 30 full trips around the Earth, divide the round trip cost into $100,000,000 and you get 91,575 trips around the Earth. Divide those trips by the 30 it would take to make a one way trip to the moon and you get 1526 ROUND trips from the Earth to the Moon. Now why should you give a crap about ANY of this?

Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say.

The department compounded the problem by reimbursing employee claims for tickets bought by the Pentagon, the investigators said.

And I remember when they had paid hundreds of dollars for a hammer and thousands of dollars for toilet seats, I guess they are moving up in the world.

2 thoughts on “Fly me to the moon

  1. I have to admit I was wondering where you were going with this for a moment as I don’t recall you being a big space enthusiast.

    Friggin’ hell, though. $100,000,000 is a lot of money to not bother getting refunds on. What a bunch of dipshits.

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  2. I heard about this on the evening news the other day.  Another thing they pointed out is that soldiers coming home on leave from the war were forced to pay part of the cost of the airfare for the trip home.

    Yay for government wastefulness… No wonder the deficit is so damn big.

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