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Having A Gas: This Week In Crypto Pop Culture, January 14-18

By

Nicholas

Ruggieri

WriterETHNews.com

Marble.Cards puts memes on the Ethereum blockchain, kids learn cashless values, said kids accidentally contribute to Fortnite money laundering scams, and crypto makes it to the small screen.

It's Saturday, everybody! Now, ETHNews knows there's a chance you were too busy this week liking a photo of an egg on Instagram to stay up on all things crypto- and blockchain-related. Luckily, Having A Gas is here to fill you in on a few lighter stories you may have missed this week in the cryptospace.

Much Collectable

Finally, an Ethereum-based non-fungible collectible token!

Marble.Cards announced this week that its mainnet will launch today, January 19, allowing users to make their very own Marble cards. According to the announcement, users will be able to make a Marble card out of anything that has a URL. Marble users pay .01 ETH to take the URL they've chosen to make a card that combines content from the web page with a generative art pattern, creating a unique digital item that the creator can own – if it's not purchased by someone else at auction first, that is.

Although any unique webpage can be marbled, Marble.Cards is only accepting URLs from the website KnowYourMeme during the launch period. KnowYourMeme acts as a sort of meme Wikipedia, documenting the source and various use cases for past and present memes. The Marble.Cards website already has a few "marketplace gems" featuring a card for the Y Tho meme and Pepe the Frog.

Once Marble.Cards gets beyond the launch, I can't wait for the unrelenting meta-ness of the internet to take over.

A Marble card for Marble.Cards.

A Marble card for the Marble card for Marble.cards.

A Marble card for the Marble card for the Marb –

I'll see myself out.

Bitc-oink

"Charlotte's Web" made us cry. "Babe" and "Babe: Pig in the City" made us laugh. And now Pigzbe can make us early crypto adopters.

Pigzbe showed off its cashless piggy-wallet, Pigzbe, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The wallet allows parents, or anyone who's given access, to give digital money to their children in the form of Wollo, a "family friendly token," which can be turned into fiat money at any time. The part-physical, part-digital piggy-wallet is meant to "teach children age 6+ the building blocks of modern money management."

Okay, true story time. When I was in the first grade, I remember a group of children who would skip lunch and use the lunch money they'd been given to run some kind of way-too-advanced-for-children gambling ring underneath the firetruck-shaped jungle gym on the first-through-third-grade-only playground. I was too scared to ever investigate what they were gambling on, but halfway through the year, the ring suddenly stopped, and we had a school assembly on the dangers of gambling.

With Pigzbe teaching kids about cryptocurrencies, I envision school assemblies on the dangers of joining playground ICOs, and instead of scary classroom visits from of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, they'll have the "Boy, E-currencies Are Risky" (B.E.A.R.) program.

Children of the Coin

Speaking of dangerous things children can (accidentally) do with cryptocurrency:

A report from The Independent brought to light the criminal practice of laundering money using Fortnite's in-game currency, V-bucks. According to the article, stolen credit cards are being used to purchase V-bucks which are then sold on the open web, and dark web, at discounted prices, where anyone, including children and teenagers, can buy them, unwitting of their criminal history.

One of the vendors that The Independent found accepted both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash as a means of payment for the discounted V-bucks.

This isn't the first time Fortnite has been in the middle of a strange crypto story, but it does prompt the question: Where are these children picking up cryptocurrency to pay for Fortnite products?

Clearly, owning a Pigzbe can put them way ahead of the game when it comes to cryptocurrency, but The Independent article doesn't mention Wollo tokens, so it's got to be something else.

Maybe they're mining at home with graphics cards? No, too worthless.

Maybe they're getting them at Coinstars? No, too old school.

I've got it! They're buying them at tobacco shops! Finally, a solid reason why children and teenagers shouldn't take up smoking.

That's it for Having A Gas. Join us next week, and remember, [insert clever catchphrase here].

Crypto Saves the TV Star

Wait there's one more! I almost forgot.

Turns out actor Kevin Connolly, who played Eric "E" Murphy in HBO's "Entourage," announced his involvement in the upcoming TV project "Cryptos" at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami. The show will focus on a group of friends as they launch a token and decentralized film studio and "navigate a cutthroat industry."

I know what you're thinking. The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami? Isn't that where World Patent Marketing announced their theoretical time travelling commodity that was going to be tied to the price of Bitcoin?

Yes.

I know what else you're thinking, too. Where do we stand on the "Cryptos" announcement?

As one ETHNews writer sardonically put it: "This show has two women? That's not realistic."

Nicholas Ruggieri

Nicholas Ruggieri studied English with an emphasis in creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno. When he’s not quoting Vines at anyone who’s willing to listen, you’ll find him listening to too many podcasts, reading too many books, and crocheting too many sweaters for his dogs, RT and Peterman.

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