That's a 99.5 percent vacancy rate. They would have closed the mall a long time ago, but it has been deemed "too big to fail."
S ... success?
A Particle Accelerator Three Times the Size of the LHC
When Switzerland first fired up their Large Hadron Collider back in 2008, the entire world cheered this monumental victory for science. Well, the entire world except for the United States, who'd actually had the site for the largest particle collider in the world for years. Texas' Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) is 55 miles long, three times the size of the LHC. So why wasn't the U.S. getting all that sweet science cred? Here, let's take a look at some photos of this amazing facility:
"Hello? Is someone there?"
"Anybody? Please, 55 miles is a lot of room to get lost in!"
"W ... what was that? Science, is that you?"
After building for two years, the U.S. government cut funding to the project. But only after a good chunk of the infrastructure -- buildings, facilities and 15 miles of tunnel -- had been dug out. Total amount invested before cancelling? Two billion dollars.
A lot of alternate uses have been proposed for the abandoned SSC: It was almost repurposed as a movie studio, a vault for the government to store vaccines in, a recording complex and a military training facility. But those projects all fell through for various, sometimes mysterious reasons. The closest the collider has come to seeing use was when an eccentric millionaire sought to start a data center there, but those plans collapsed as well when he suddenly and inexplicably died at the last moment. So there the SSC sits today, disused and empty, without even any practical security in place to guard the two-billion-dollar facility.
Aside from the curse that we're forced to assume the Anti-Science Gypsies placed on it, of course.
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