When Bitcoin first launched, it was primarily used by developers, hackers, and libertarians who did not want banks or the government to track their financial transactions. However, since the early days of Bitcoin, a lot has changed. Now, there are well over 100,000 merchants accepting bitcoin as a means of payment and you would be surprised what kind of ridiculous things you can buy with bitcoin.
In this article, you will find 10 ridiculous things you can buy with bitcoin that you probably would never expect.
1. Your own Remote Beach in the Pacific
Have you ever wanted to own your own remote beach on an exotic island? Then why not use your bitcoin to purchase your own beach in the Kingdom of Tonga?
This eight-acre beachfront in the South Pacific can be purchased for ~129 BTC ($98,000.) You could build your dream home or a small beach house on the edge of this beautiful sandy beach and enjoy the ocean view every time you wake up in the morning.
2. A Shark-shaped Two-person Submarine
If you want to travel through the ocean like a shark, above and below the water, you are able to purchase the two-person submarine, the Seabreacher, with bitcoin. This shark-shaped submarine is armed with a light 260hp supercharged engine that gives it the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron sports car. The Seabreacher is capable of doing 20-25mph underwater and 50mph+ on the surface. The price for a Seabreacher ranges from $80,000 to $100,000.
3. A Lightsaber
If you are a Star Wars fan and you have secretly always wanted to be a Jedi with your own lightsaber, now you can be. For a fee of around 0.3 bitcoin, the company BitLasers will sell you a range of different colored lightsabers. The lasers are sold in semi-assembled states, so some assembly is required but it shouldn’t take you longer than a few minutes to get your lightsaber ready for action. May the force be with you young Jedi!
4. A Flesh-eating Flytrap Plant
If you have always wanted to own a flesh-eating plant you can use your bitcoin to purchase one. Plant vendor Predatory Plants allows you to buy a wide range of carnivorous plants. The flesh-eating Venus flytrap is one of the most popular ones, with their remarkable feeding action along with their fanged traps, going for ~0.01 BTC ($7.99). Other plants include butterworts, American pitcher plants, tropical pitcher plants and more. You can buy all of the plants using bitcoin and have them shipped right to your doorstep. Just make sure you don’t put your fingers too close to them.
You no longer need to log on to the Dark Web to purchase guns using bitcoin. Austin-based Central Texas Gun Works became the first firearms vendor in Texas to accept payments in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This is inclusive of all in-store transactions such as the sale of firearms, ammunition, accessories, and class registrations. Starting from ~0.085 BTC (60 USD) for a concealed handgun, there are many options to choose from.
6. Your own Coffin
If you want to ensure you are comfortable in the afterlife and bitcoin is your preferred means of making payments, then you have the option of purchasing your own coffin at a 3 percent discount using the digital currency at Minnesota-based Crescent Tide Cremation Services.
7. The Full Food Replacement Solution Soylent
For people who can’t be bothered to cook or for those who simply want to stay healthy, the food replacement solution Soylent may be right for you. It is a mixture of carbohydrates, fats, fiber, proteins and other daily necessities in a bottle. The combination totals precisely 400 calories. In essence, Soylet is nutritionally complete staple food designed to provide maximum nutrition with minimal hands-on effort. It’s the most affordable, easiest way to squeeze in a healthy meal on the move without putting in any real effort. The nutritious package will cost you ~0.044 BTC ($32.30) for twelve 400 kcal bottles. If you want to replace your entire diet with a food replacement shake, you can do so by paying for it with bitcoin.
8. A Degree from the University of Nicosia
The University of Nicosia, the largest private university in Cyprus and one of the largest English language universities in the Mediterranean region, is the first accredited university in the world to accept bitcoin for tuition payments. In addition, the university has opened a free six-week online course, titled ‘Introduction to Digital Currencies,’ which is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a greater knowledge and expertise on the fundamentals of bitcoin, its underlying technology and digital currencies in general.
Furthermore, the university has introduced a Masters of Science degree in Digital Currency, which is a 13- to 18-month course costing ~23.55 BTC ($16,250). The Masters degree course is available both online and on-campus and is aimed at increasing the knowledge of anyone involved in the cryptocurrency space, from finance professionals and entrepreneurs to regulators and government officials.
9. Gold and Silver
Using the digital currency, you are also able to purchase valuable precious metals such as silver and gold. Veldt Gold, for example, is one of the first online bullion dealers giving precious metal investors the opportunity to buy gold and silver, among other metals, using the digital currency bitcoin. They offer investment-grade gold and silver and free shipping for bitcoin-based bullion orders. Examples would be the 1 oz American Gold Buffalo retailing at ~1.9 BTC or the 100 oz Asahi Silver Bar going for ~2.7 BTC.
10. A Ticket to Outer Space
Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flight company will swap your bitcoins for a round trip ticket to the great beyond. Virgin Company officials announced that SpaceShipTwo passengers will have the chance to experience a glimpse of the rare view of Earth against the black outskirts of space. The Winklevoss twins have already scored their Virgin Galactic tickets with bitcoin. For ~341 BTC ($250,000) you can join this wonderful escapade and see the earth in all its beauty from outer space.
As global bitcoin adoption marches on, the cryptocurrency is starting to be considered as a legitimate means of exchange by both online and offline vendors. More and more ridiculous and outrageous items will continue to become available in exchange for bitcoin.