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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Virtual Trader
Wired News has an article about a guy, Julian Dibbell, who almost succeeded in making a living from trading in imaginary goods, namely virtual items from the game Ultima Online. Of course, it doesn't seem that extraordinary to me that someone could earn a good living from trading imaginary things. After all, isn't there a trillion dollar industry devoted to just this... i.e. the financial derivatives market? I mean, options and other financial instruments may have real value to people, but they're no more real, in a material sense, than the items from Ultima Online are.
Categories: Business/Finance, Technology
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 18, 2004
Comments (1)
Selling imaginary goods, huh? Well, religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques, etc) have shown us that this is a solid business model with great long-term potential.
Posted by Sheldon  in  San Ramon, CA  on  Sun Apr 25, 2004  at  07:20 PM
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