If you haven’t heard, Tesla announced earlier this week that it purchased $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and that they will now start accepting Bitcoin as payment for their cars. This is a momentous occasion for Bitcoin as it gains further acceptance in the mainstream as Tesla is the first major carmaker to accept Bitcoin
But this got me thinking about what are the craziest purchases people have done with cryptocurrencies; crazier than a Tesla Model 3.
5. Sriracha and Bacon Flavored Lollipops
This eldritch fusion straight out of a nightmare can be bought on Lollyphile where it comes in three different quantities: 4, 12, and 36 lollipops. The 36 lollipop package can be bought for $54 or 0.0012 BTC at the time of this writing.
Lollyphile specializes in selling bizarre tasting candies like IPA beer lollipops and wasabi-ginger lollipops, so if you’re feeling adventurous, you have a wide variety to choose from.
4. Ticket to Space
Virgin Galactic, the space-faring branch of the Virgin Group, has accepted Bitcoins as payment for its trips to space since 2013 when it first started to allow people to buy tickets. Tickets cost $250,000 a pop or about 5 BTC; although the service is not taking people to the edge of space just yet, rather reserving your spot.
Providing safety without distraction, quietly absorbing periods of sensory intensity, and offering each astronaut a level of intimacy required for personal discovery and transformation. Take a look at the interior design of our spaceship cabin. https://t.co/mHy1c3JWUB pic.twitter.com/CQfDjTCZg3
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) July 28, 2020
Some notable people have already bought a ticket like the Winklevoss twins; however, Tyler Winklevoss has expressed his regret of using Bitcoin to buy the ticket seeing how much the cryptocurrency exploded in value.
3. Pocket Cannon
A pocket cannon is literally what the name suggests: a miniaturized working cannon that shoots little BBs like a cannonball; however you would need to purchase black powder in order for it to work. The company Pocket Artillery sells them on Amazon for $35 or 0.0008 BTC at the time of this writing.
To answer the legality question: yes, it legal to purchase a small cannon like the pocket cannon and you buy commercial-grade black powder up to 50 pounds as stated by federal law.
2. Mammoth Tusks
Richard Marcus, a sculptor and art dealer in Vancouver, is trying to sell genuine mammoth tusks for 275 BTC, which back in 2014 was worth $175,000. Today, 275 BTC is worth over $12 million, but as of this writing, no one has coughed up the crypto to be a proud owner of mammoth tusks.
Although trading in elephant tusks has been banned since 1989, the mammoth tusk trade is perfectly okay since they’re extinct and apparently museums don’t want them.
1. Gold Mine
You can own your very own gold mine hidden in the vast Yukon up in Canada for $2 million and the parent company accepts Bitcoin, which, at the time of this writing, is about 45 BTC. The gold mine went up for sale in 2014, and since then, it hasn’t seen any buyers interested in owning a gold mine.
If you’re looking for a more tangible investment, the ad mentions that the gold mine could turn a profit by stating: “Any new buyer could recoup their initial investment in as little as two mining seasons”, so there’s at least potential growth.
These only scratch the surface of weird Bitcoin buys. Researching this I managed to find people who bought Venus flytraps, a motorized unicycle, and an electric violin.
Have you bought anything weird with Bitcoin? An electric violin perhaps? I’d love to hear your weird Bitcoin stories in the comments.