Curiosities around cryptocurrencies

Curiosities around cryptocurrencies

In this article we will talk about some fun facts regarding cryptocurrencies. Some are relevant, others can make you laugh, and others may seem incredible, but they are true.

Let's start with the first ever transaction carried out with the Bitcoin, which was done by an American programmer from Jacksonville named Laszlo Hanyecz. At that time, the value of the first cryptocurrency was almost insignificant comparted to its price today.

10,000 Bitcoins (30 euros back then) were paid to buy two pizzas from another user. The incredible thing is that today, that amount of Bitcoins is worth more than $90 million USD. Thus, May 22, 2010 was recognized as Bitcoin Pizza Day.

In Europe, the ICF Zurich evangelical church, located in the largest city in Switzerland, accepts donations from its parishioners in various cryptocurrencies. According to its website, people can offer Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumen (XLM).

The church's spokesman, Nicolas Legler, has said in multiple interviews that the digital currencies will completely revolutionize the everyday life in the next few years. His church has attracted many young people, enticed by the use of new technologies.

But as many people have seen their life changed thanks to a daring investment in cryptocurrencies or just for being curious about Bitcoin, there are also stories that have not ended well.

Such is the case of a 32-year-old Welshman named James Howells, who started working in Bitcoin with his computer in 2009. A year later, he disassembled the device and stored the pieces in a box, which he eventually took to the garbage.

If today he could recover the hard drive, he'd have 7,500 Bitcoins, which today are worth more than $70 million USD. Although he keeps a positive attitude, years and years of accumulated garbage do not bode well. Despite this, Howells still maintains that if he recovers his 'treasure' he will buy a Lamborghini.

In the Netherlands, a family sells everything it has -- houses, cars, toys, shoes -- to invest in cryptocurrencies. Didi Taihuttu decided to put all his properties for sale and move with his family to a camp near Venlo.

El dinero que recibió por las muchas cosas que ha vendido lo invirtió en Bitcoin y otras monedas virtuales, con la esperanza de hacerse rico algún día. En este caso, hipotecar el futuro de su familia a lo que puede suceder con las criptomonedas es un escenario aterrador.

But the scariest story about Bitcoin is perhaps the one made by the controversial anti-virus software founder, John McAfee, who at 72 has said that he will eat his own manhood if the virtual currency does not reach the value of one million dollars by 2020.

At the beginning of 2017 the American entrepreneur signified his faith in the cryptocurrency by proposing a similar forfeit, stating he would eat his own penis on national television if Bitcoin didn't reach $500,000 within three years, but now he doubled the bet.

 

By Antonio Menéndez

  • Antonio Menéndez

    Antonio Menéndez

    Técnico en Sistemas Computacionales, con más de 20 años de experiencia en soporte técnico presencial y a distancia. HP Technical Support Certificate A+, DELL Technical Support Certificate EMC, NEXXT Solutions Certificación en Cableado Estructurado. Amplia experiencia en Administración de Servidores.

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