We are living in a digital world. If you need evidence, take a second to realize that you are reading these words on a screen. And also that someone is trying to sell a house for virtual currency — that wouldn’t have happened even a scant few years ago. The Canadian man says he’s got some projects he’s working on, and all those Bitcoins would come in super handy.
The two-bedroom bungalow is listed at 405,000 Canadian dollars — about $395,000 — or the equivalent in Bitcoins, around 6,128 Bitcoins, reports the BBC.
His family was a bit shocked at first, he says, to hear that he wanted to exchange his physical home, which resides in the real world, for virtual currency. But he’s got plans for those Bitcoins.
“Bitcoins are really hard to get your hands on if you want to get them in large quantities,” he told the BBC. “I have a couple projects that I want to get started, and they will take a lot of Bitcoins.”
He didn’t say what those projects are (High-walled fortress to protect from zombies? Drinking fountain that spews soda instead of water? A chocolate river?) but added that he wants to get Bitcoins more into the mainstream.
“When you send money internationally it takes a week or more to do and costs hundreds of dollars, so I see this as something we’ve needed, an online virtual currency to make payments fast and easy,” he explained.
In case you aren’t aware of these bits of digital money, they’ve been around since 2009 and have a global network of users that support the currency. You can “mine” or get more Bitcoins by participating in that global network in certain ways, and several online stores accept them as payment.
Another shiny side of the Bitcoin? They can be harder to track, which provides privacy for those using them to buy stuff. So maybe he is building a zombie fortress and just doesn’t want the rest of us to panic. Sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of cable lately.