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1. 93% of all assets seized by the IRS in FY 2021 were cryptocurrencies, totaling $3.5 billion.
2. Cryptocurrency currently consumes around 130 Terawatt Hours per year.
3. Today I learned of an undercover operation in 2020 where a group of white hat hackers discovered a security vulnerability and preemptively stole $10mil USD worth of the cryptocurrency Ethereum before anyone else could, stored the funds somewhere else, and then returned all of the funds to their original owners.
4. Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency featuring Shiba Inu dogs which was largely created as a fun parody, actually reached a US$2,000,000,000 market capitalization in January 2018.
5. WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely.
6. The cryptocurrency Dogecoin community raised $129,687 for the Jamaican national bobsleigh team, who qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics but lacked funding -- far surpassing the $40,000 necessary.
7. North Korea’s military has stole more than half a billion dollars in cryptocurrency, and used blockchain technology to cover its tracks.
8. The first recipient of a bitcoin transaction is using his amassed fortune from the cryptocurrency to fund the cryogenic preservation of his body. He died in 2014 from ALS.
9. The internet’s first “officially licensed” cryptocurrency is Nyancoin which is based on Nyan Cat meme.
10. Today I learned there is a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Titcoin. It is intended to be used for adult goods and services.
11. Coinye, a cryptocurrency influenced by Kanye West, used a half-fish-half-Kanye logo until its lawsuit prompted the developers to sell their holdings and abandon the project.
12. Rapper Akon has his own crypto currency called Akoin.
13. The founder of Bitcoin is someone called Satoshi Nakamoto. Nobody knows who he is, what his real name is, or where he lives.
14. A Norwegian student spent $27 on Bitcoins, forgot about them, and a few years later realized they were worth $886K.
15. In the first "real-world transaction with bitcoin" a programmer paid 10,000 bitcoins for 2 large Papa John's pizzas. 4 years later, those bitcoins were worth 5.12 million dollars.
16. TIL of a man named James Howells who threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoin. The hard drive, currently under mountains of trash in a Wales landfill is worth millions.
17. The FBI maintains their own Bitcoin wallet that consists of seized Bitcoins.
18. Someone created an 'Assassination Market' using Bitcoins as the payment method. The price to hit Ben Bernanke was the equivalent of $75,000.
19. Today I learned of the kid that made a bet with his parents that if he turned 18 and was a millionaire, they wouldn't force him to go to college. He first invested in Bitcoin at the age of 12 and his investments were worth over $1 million when he turned 18.
20. In 2013 two FBI agents posed as quarreling lovers to distract Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) with the goal of copying data from Ulbricht's computer, before it could be removed or hidden, used to run Silk Road, an online black market using Bitcoin as its primary currency.
21. In 2015 only 802 people told the IRS about their bitcoin holdings.
22. Six years ago, major media outlets had pronounced Bitcoin dead over 30 times. It's still going.
23. The number of Bitcoins in circulation will never exceed 21 million.
24. Economist Milton Friedman predicted bitcoins 10 years before they were invented.
25. The creator of the BitCoin currency worked under a pseudonym and disappeared shortly after users wanted to start using the currency to support WikiLeaks.