Pressing the $5,000 Emergency Button On the MRT Is Expensive (and Stupid), But These 3 Buttons Will Blow Your Mind


Jeff Cuellar



Admit it. You’ve been tempted to push the emergency button while riding the MRT train home. You know which one I’m talking about. The bright red button near the MRT train doors with the huge red warning that basically says “push this button for a $5,000 fine.”  

Whether you thought about pushing it because you wanted to know if the MRT train captain had a sexy voice or you were curious to know what losing $5,000 at the push of a button felt like – you’ve considered pushing it.

Is the MRT Emergency button the most expensive button in the world? Not even close.

Here are 3 of the world’s most ridiculously expensive buttons to push:


#1 Stuart Hughes Custom Designed “Black Diamond” iPhone 5

Source: Stuart Hughes
Source: Stuart Hughes

Cost to Press the 26-Carat Black Diamond Home Button: SGD $21,000,000+

You’d be right to say that pressing the home button on any Vertu phone you decide to purchase at Mandarin Gallery will probably cost more than $5K.

However, even the most expensive Vertu phone doesn’t even come close to the cost of the Stuart Hughes “Black Diamond” iPhone 5.

Seriously, the home button alone on this phone, which is a single, 26-carat deep cut diamond, makes up about 95% of the phone’s total value.

The other 5% of the phones value comes from items that are hardly worth mentioning – 653 flawless white diamonds and about 135 grams of 24-carat gold.


#2 The Flush “Button” for the International Space Station’s (ISS) Toilet


Cost to Push the Flush Button on the ISS Toilet: SGD $23,750,000

“In space, no one can hear you scream,” was the famous tagline of a certain flick that involved a memorable scene of a guy complaining about stomach pains only to fall over – and have an alien burst from his chest.

Thankfully, there are no aliens aboard on the ISS. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a stomach ache from eating astronaut food, which looks every bit as disgusting as you imagine it.

Thankfully, the ISS is quite prepared for moments when astronauts are “screaming” for a toilet in space. It’s a special toilet – that costs SGD $23,750,000!

Why is it so expensive? Well, it’s a zero-gravity contraption with braces to keep you in place during your… business.

Not only that, it has an advanced septic tank that extracts water from your “business” and recycles it into drinking water.

Kind of sounds like a portable toilet/NEWater dispenser right? Well, don’t worry – you’re already drinking a small percentage of NEWater every time you drink from your tap – CHEERS!


#3 THE “Nuclear” Football

Source: GlobalSecurity.org

Cost to Push THE Button: SGD $31,240,500,000+ (entire U.S. nuclear arsenal) + the end of the global economic system

By now you’re probably thinking, “What the hell is the football?” Well, if you’ve seen season 4 of the TV show 24, you already have a good idea of what it is.

In short, THE Football is a suitcase carried by one of the U.S. President’s military aides that holds the power of life and death over humanity.

There’s not much inside THE Football, just a SATCOM radio, handset, nuclear codes, and the U.S. President’s “playbook” showing his various options for using the nuclear arsenal.

Thankfully, it’s a button that’s well out of reach for those of you devious individuals who wouldn’t think twice about pressing the $5K emergency button on the MRT.

It’s safe to say that this is THE button of buttons.

Final Note: If you really want to push the MRT button without paying the $5K price tag, simply press it whenever you see someone being assaulted, molested, planting a bomb, or having a medical emergency on board the train.


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Jeff Cuellar

I'm known by many titles: copywriter, published author, literary connoisseur, ex- U.S. Army intelligence analyst, and Champion of Capua.