An Absurd Idea!

Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old blogger, came up with an absurd idea. He wanted to trade a paper clip for a house!

In order to do that, a blog (see the link below) was created to facilitate the trade. This was where potential traders posted their offers while readers offered their advice.

After trading his way up 14 times, he ended up with a house. Goal accomplished. The whole process lasted for only a year (12 July 2005 – 12 July 2006). During this period, the traded items (in sequence) were as follows:

  • Red paper clip
  • Fish-shaped pen
  • Clay doorknob with a funny face
  • Camping stove
  • Generator
  • Instant party
  • Snowmobile
  • Trip to Yahk, British Columbia
  • Panel van
  • Recording contract
  • One year rent free stay in Phoenix
  • An afternoon with a rock star – Alice Cooper
  • Snow globe
  • One movie role
  • House

This true story proves that with the help of the internet, nothing is unachievable. Well, almost! So, what’s next?

Link: One Red Paperclip
Image: Kyle MacDonald / Flickr
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