Boston announced this week it will pull its bid for the 2024 Olympics, due in part to the huge costs associated with the games that could become a taxpayer burden. Here is a breakdown of what the Olympics cost their host cities:

  • $300 million: Regulation track-and-field stadium the entire community will be able to enjoy for decades to come
  • $5,000: Licensing rights for blue, yellow, black, and red Olympic rings
  • $870,000: Licensing rights for green Olympic ring
  • $9,000: Hedge that looks like a guy running
  • $65,000: Gymnast feed and trough
  • $50,000: Quietly burying another Bob Costas sex scandal
  • $18 million: Thrown straight into Olympic flame as tinder
  • $50,000: Incinerating bodies of athletes who perished during event
  • $600,000: Water wasted by Olympic divers showering off between heats
  • $28: Dry cleaning for Olympic mascot suit
  • $175,000: Study delineating exact ways hosting Olympics will devastate local economy for decades to come

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