How Much Would It Cost To Feed Drogon?

April 22, 2016 in Editorial

Like many pets, Daenerys’ dragons looked really cute when they were young, sitting on Khaleesi’s shoulder and immolating slavemasters. But the dragons have grown up; in fact this season Drogon is rumoured to be 80 feet in length. Which got us thinking, how much would it cost to feed that thing?

As in, assuming you don’t want to just feed it shepherds’ kids. Read the rest of this entry →

How Much Would Darth Vader’s Suit Cost?

December 16, 2015 in Daily Bulletin, Editorial

From Leia’s gold bikini to Stormtrooper gear, Star Wars has had some fairly iconic costumes. None more so than Darth Vader’s. How much would it cost to truly take on the Sith Lord’s mantle? Centives decided to find out.

Let’s start with the base suit. The cockpits of imperial space fighters d Read the rest of this entry →

Your Guide To Pricing During The Zombie Apocalypse

March 23, 2015 in Editorial

This week is the Walking Dead finale, which means that a whole load of people are reviewing their zombie defense plans. We tried to make ours a little simpler, by saying that instead of buying things now (e.g. silencers, which look a little suspicious) we could just trade for them with other survivors when the dead are walking. But this got us wondering; how does pricing work in the apocalypse? Read the rest of this entry →

Long Movie Adaptions Of Short Books Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

December 14, 2014 in Editorial

Peter Jackson has received a fair amount of criticism for stretching the 333 page The Hobbit into a trilogy of three hour movies. Which got Centives wondering: how long are other movies compared to the books they’re based on? And how does the amount of time spent per page affect the rating of the movie?

We took a look at books that have been turned into major mov Read the rest of this entry →

What Does Hollywood Think A President Should Look Like?

July 4, 2014 in Editorial

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We decided to commemorate America’s Independence Day by watching Independence Day a movie where President Thomas J. Whitmore leads an squadron of fighter jets against an alien attack. Which got us wondering – what does Hollywood think a President should look like? We went throug Read the rest of this entry →

How Many Dragons Could A Medieval Country Support?

June 23, 2014 in Editorial

game-of-thrones-2-dragon[1]Dragons are cool, but you’d probably prefer their diet was something other than 3 year olds. While sheep make for a good substitute, the question is how many would you need? Well, the easiest way to calculate food requirements is to scale up a komodo dragon to fiery dragon size. A komodo dragon (10 foot long) requires about 816 kg of food per year, which is around 18 sheep. Read the rest of this entry →

The News Sites That Most Embody Godwin’s Law

March 23, 2014 in Editorial

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“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler or Nazi’s approaches 1”

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One of the surest ways to show that someone is bad is to liken them to a Nazi, thus ensuring that everyone listening knows that they gas minority groups and are definitely The Bad Guy. It’s also cheap, overdone and makes the offender look about as broad minded as the Naz- erm…the…uh… Read the rest of this entry →

How Much Would It Cost To Make Santa’s Presents?

December 23, 2013 in Editorial

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Everyone knows Father Christmas is magical and can travel at impossible speeds with lots of presents on board… but what if his magic stopped there and he had to have all his gifts made the old fashioned way? How much would it cost to ‘run’ the North Pole?

We’ve assumed that Father Christmas would deliver to every child in the world. Also, he would presumably give presents of equal value to each kid regardless of nationality…but not, of course, regardless of behaviour. Assuming an even distribution of ‘goodness’, and that the best kids get an American style Christmas while the worst kids get coal, then we can estim Read the rest of this entry →

Refusing The Apple

July 10, 2013 in Editorial

It’s a Thursday morning, about 10am. Richard has just made another comment about your clothes. Mary ‘didn’t have time’ to type up the report. And the boss made comments suggesting overtime is inevitable.

The little voices start talking about lighters, crowbars and an alternative use for a stapler.

Only you don’t go through with any of it. Because for most people, most of the time, there is too much to lose by going evil. And so after careful consideration, you decide that defaulting on the mortgage isn’t worth the satisfaction of putting naughty pictures on the CEO’s PowerPoint.

If the good guys don’t go bad because it costs too much, presumably the bad guys don’t go good because it costs too much. What we’re asking today is, what exactly would bad guys hav Read the rest of this entry →

Making Mordor’s Economy Work

April 24, 2013 in Editorial

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We at Centives are massive Lord of the Rings fans, and keep a flaming log nearby in case of ringwraith surprises. But there has been something that has bugged us for a while.

Where did the orcs get their food from?

Mordor was an ashen wasteland where we never see any plant life (save for the odd tree in the dead swamp), let alone fields full of crops. Old volcanoes are good for making soil fertile, constantly erupting ones are not. But somehow the orcs were eating. How? To get food, the black lands must have been trading with an outside power. Read the rest of this entry →