"Nineteen billion?!" It was an exclamation thrown around the tech world this week when Facebook announced it purchased the megapopular messaging app WhatsApp for a total that is $18 billion more than what the social networking site paid for Instagram in 2012. Though the feel-good backstory of the app's founders and speculation as to why Facebook would make the purchase in the first place, have people intrigued, it's that staggering number that keeps people buzzing.
Of course, a fine Internet citizen wanted to share with the world just how jaw-dropping this transaction is by creating the Tumblr Things That Are Cheaper Than WhatsApp, detailing things that could've saved Facebook some money. Among the astronomically pricey items that still don't quite reach WhatsApp levels, the shiny Hubble Telescope, pictured above.
Read on for more things that can't hold a candle to the valuation of the world's most popular messaging app.
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