Is that a world record? I mean, it could be the biggest single block of pure gold ever made.Mystery As Gold Cube Worth $11.7million ‘Pops up’ in NYC’s Central Park
A MYSTERIOUS gold cube worth an estimated $11.7million appeared in New York's Central Park on Wednesday morning accompanied by its very own security detail.
The cube, composed of 186 kilograms of pure 24-karat gold, was rolled out in front of a snowy Naumburg Bandshell at 5am in the morning surrounded by photographers and NYPD officers.
Artist Niclas Castello and wife Sylvie Meis
The hollow gold block is the creation of 43-year-old German artist Niclas Castello, who has branded it the "Castello Cube."
The 410-pound work is not for sale but was used as publicity for the launch of accompanying cryptocurrency, the Castello Coin.
With gold currently priced at $1,788 per ounce, it is worth up to $11.7millon if it were to be put up for sale.
It's hollow. A solid gold block that size would probably fall straight through the planet and out the other side.*Is that a world record? I mean, it could be the biggest single block of pure gold ever made.
Unless... it's gold-plated lead...
The 2020 World’s Strongest Man, Oleksii Novikov, is attempting to help his country by raising money for the Ukrainian army. In addition, he is spreading awareness, as he has a lot of fans and followers. Novikov originally put up a post on Instagram, which contained the bank details, and enabled all the people to help as much as they could. Novikov was grateful for all the donations and revealed that the entirety of it was sent out to the medical department. In the meantime, his bank account was shut down, and he had to open another one. Novikov shared the details of his new bank account, but it does not work anymore.
In Novikov’s most recent post he explained that Ukraine’s bank systems are down, and transactions are not possible anymore. However, he set up a cryptocurrency account and can accept Tether (USDT), Bitcoin (BTC), and Ethereum (ETH).
Cryptocurrency analysts say at least $13.7m (£10.2m) has so far been donated to the Ukrainian war effort through anonymous Bitcoin donations.
Researchers at Elliptic, a blockchain analysis company, say the Ukrainian government, NGOs and volunteer groups have raised the money by advertising their Bitcoin wallet addresses online.
More than 4,000 donations have been made so far, with one unknown donor gifting Bitcoin worth $3m to an NGO.
This is interesting. I looked up Oleksii Novikov (World's Strongest Man 2020) this morning as I am a big strongman fan and he is Ukrainian and it seems that the usual routes of transferring money such as crowdfunding are being blocked. Companies, fairly understandably, do not want to be involved in funding military activities. So money is now being sent in the form of cryptocurrency.
Here is the Novikov story:-
And one from the BBC:-
Lol, I don't really fancy them, they are far too big. They are extremely impressive looking guys though. I should probably start a Strongman thread.Erotica isnt a science you two.
FULL STORY: https://www.tampabay.com/news/break...e-nearly-600000-in-cryptocurrency-police-say/Pinellas Park man stole nearly $600,000 in cryptocurrency, police say
A 27-year-old man stole more than $575,000 worth of cryptocurrency from an elderly person while he was setting up technology in the victim’s home, according to the Clearwater Police Department.
Aaron Daniel Motta of Pinellas Park faces felony charges of grand theft and offenses against computer users, according to an arrest affidavit.
Motta was at the victim’s house to set up a security system and had access to the victim’s computer ... While there, Motta stole a Trezor hardware wallet, which lets users store cryptocurrency offline, and found the password to it nearby ...
Motta then transferred cryptocurrency worth $575,910.61 at the time to multiple wallets that he controlled ...
A Facebook page in Motta’s name said he is an IT manager, former cyber security engineer and ethical hacker. Calls went unanswered Saturday to a phone number written on the affidavit, which is also listed online for the company Motta works for ...
The victim is 65 years or older, according to the affidavit. ...
From Yash's twitter thread it's not even the first time he's fallen for the same scam.An NFT collector says:
Yash Tekriwal @yash_tek
I've had a lot of bad days, and today objectively ranks somewhere in the top 5.
How I lost ~$450K in an instant, how you can avoid my mistakes, and why I still think Web3 is worth the heartache and the risk
Getting a @proof_xyz pass last December for 2.465 ETH was my first dive into NFTs.
Spending $7K on a JPEG felt stupid, but I was fine losing it because I was certain the value & learning from @kevinrose would be worth much more.
I could never have fathomed how right I was.
Others say it's just Stockholm syndrome:
Dare Obasanjo @Carnage4Life
Hey Siri, show me what Stockholm Syndrome looks like…
Dave Cranwell (hiring Node SWEs) @davecranwell
If the "real" value of web3 is the "friends you made along the way"... not that lost 450k, god help us all.