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Expensive round of drinking...

Posted on: February 23, 2009 10:07 am
Edited on: February 23, 2009 10:11 am

I did not write this but thought I would share it with you all. Great reading if you are heading to the toilet. I know men like to read in there.

12. Titanic -

The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today ' s dollars).

 $150 Million

11. Tanker Truck vs Bridge -

$358 Million

On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.

10. MetroLink Crash -

$500 Million

On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging.. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.

9. B-2 Bomber Crash -

$1.4 Billion

Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we ' re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.

8. Exxon Valdez -

$2.5 Billion

The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world ' s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship ' s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.


7. Piper Alpha Oil Rig -

$3.4 Billion

The worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world ' s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world ' s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.

Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.

6. Challenger Explosion -$5.5 Billion The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today ' s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today ' s dollars).

5. Prestige Oil Spill -$12 Billion

On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.

4. Space Shuttle Columbia -

According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.

$13 Billion


In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics..


The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA ' s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today ' s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.

3. Chernobyl -


$200 Billion
On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.

2. 2008 TARP- $750 Billion

- for little to no gain...

1. 2009 Congress/President-

$800 Billion in the first month...


Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:12 pm

Expensive round of drinking...

Comparing item #3 with the stim bill is jumping the shark a bit lol.


Crazy that i can still remember my sitting position in Mr. Andersons 2nd grade class when the Challenger went up.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 12:08 pm

Expensive round of drinking...

And the only reason I live in these United States is because of item #3 on the list.

Which brings to the table the question I have often asked, where else would be better?  I have been increasingly disturbed by the path the United States has ventured on over the past 20 years, but when I look around the world, where else would I go?  Capitalism, the greatest and most successful system to ever exist, seems to be going away forever.  Americans seem to intent in adopting principles that have failed everywhere they have been attempted, why?  Why would a country composed of immigrants from across the globe, continue to turn the country they immigrated to, to the one they emigrated from?

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:31 am

Expensive round of drinking...

And the only reason I live in these United States is because of item #3 on the list.  I left the Ukraine when I was nine years old after the accident.  $200B doesn't seem like enough to cover it.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:27 am

Expensive round of drinking...

Spot on Gastropod.   Most states are going to consume the federal tax cut with their own increases even with their hand out for their slice of the Stimulus Plan.  Excellent planning there, guys.  California is doing so. Now Mass, who's next?

Slaton - TARP was listed second.  That was the last administration.  This $800 billion is the gluttony of this administration. Period.  It does nothing to "clean up" anything from the previous administration. NOTHING.  NADA.  ZILCH.   When you get inside this Stimulus Bill it turns your stomach.  There is nothing that is going to stimulate anything except more entitlement programs.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:19 am

Expensive round of drinking...

Cleaning up a huge mess left by the last adminsitration wouldn't you say?...

Not entirely no.  The 800 billion does little to address the actual mess, but is essentially a welfare bill.  Now we are talking about buying up all the toxic paper which could run another 2-3 trillion.  But this weekend Obambi announced he will cut the deficit by 1/2, not sure how he plans to do this unless he is going to unleash a wave of massive tax increases, as so far all he has done is increase spending.  You can't cut a deficit if you are spending more today than you did yesterday. 

There is good news though, 60-75 percent of the stimulus money Obambi will be giving back (the whopping $13) to tax payers from Massachusetts, will be going straight to the Massachusetts State Government in the form of new state taxes.  So much for stimulating the economy of Massachusetts.


Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2009 11:10 am

Expensive round of drinking...


1. 2009 Congress/President-

$800 Billion in the first month...

Cleaning up a huge mess left by the last adminsitration wouldn't you say?...

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