The world is still getting to know cryptocurrency. Many are still aware of what exactly it is (or how to use it), and there are plenty of amazing cryptocurrency facts to learn along the way to better understanding. But in the strange space in which leading crypto bitcoin currently exists – somewhere between massively influential and totally irrelevant – there are also a lot of fairly bizarre bitcoin stories flying under the radar.
These are five that have caught our attention.
There’s a fortune buried in Wales
Perhaps if we think back to the days of roving kings and lords in Roman and medieval times, it’s only logical to wonder if there are multiple fortunes buried around Wales. But in this case, we’re not referring to ancient artifacts and precious metals, but rather to a single server that’s absolutely loaded with bitcoin, and which – we think – is lost somewhere in or under a trash dump.
It was in 2017 that we learned of a man who accidentally threw out enough bitcoin to be worth about $108 million, at that time. The man, James Howells, had purchased some 7,500 bitcoins when the price was cheap, and allowed his hard drive to be thrown out by mistake. Howells traced his trash pickup to a dump in Wales, but as far as we’re aware, never recovered the hard drive.
Someone tried to sell mammoth tusks
Why anyone would need ancient woolly mammoth tusks is an open question. But back in 2014, headlines emerged about a man in Vancouver who was in possession of such tusks, and was trying to sell them for 275 bitcoins. The tusks were said to weigh over 100 pounds each, and were supposedly uncovered during a gold mining operation. And at the time of this writing, that 275-bitcoin list price would be worth roughly $2.25 million!
You can (maybe) invest in an NBA player
If you don’t know the name Spencer Dinwiddie, let us introduce you. He’s a very talented guard in the NBA who could be headed toward a very successful season. Dinwiddie was terrific in 2018-19, and the game-to-game odds for the NBA show his New Jersey Nets looking the part of a fairly tough team heading into 2019-20. Should the team reach its full potential, Dinwiddie will become a very prominent NBA figure.
That will suit him well if his bitcoin-like personal investment scheme works out. It’s all a bit complicated – and doesn’t involve bitcoin directly, so much as crypto fundamentals – but Dinwiddie is essentially inviting fans to invest in his performance by buying shares in his player contract via his own cryptocurrency. The NBA is fighting back against the idea, but Dinwiddie seems determined.
Someone bought a pizza for $81 million, kind of
Way back in 2010, when most people didn’t even know what bitcoins were, a man bought two pizzas with 10,000 of them. It goes to show the staggering difference in where bitcoin started and where it is now. If the man had pocketed those bitcoins, they’d be worth about $81 million today; during the late-2017 crypto spike, they’d have been worth close to $190 million!
Let’s hope it was good pizza….
The “Mark of the Beast” theory
This is a ridiculous theory, and not one we mean to breathe air into, but it’s still worth mentioning as one of the more bizarre bitcoin stories out there. Basically, there’s something called the “Mark of the Beast” from the Book of Revelations. It alludes to a sort of mark people will need at End Times in order to purchase things in whatever place comes next.
Somehow, factions of people online have emerged who believe bitcoin is the “Mark of the Beast.” Believe it or not, some are even implanting tiny chips containing bitcoin wallets into their hands – just in case.
Bizarre Bitcoin Stories Wrapped Up
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