ESPN College Gameday Bitcoin Sign Nets Kid $24,000 In Donations
Who knew that by 2013, one of our chief means of communication would be through College Gameday signs? First we had a kid getting a date with a porn star, and now this: The guy who held up the sign below (“Hi Mom, send Bitcoin”) near the ESPN set on Saturday has received $24,361.50 in donations as the image began making its was around the Internet.
Of course, that’s $24,361.50 in Bitcoin, which is to say it could end up being nothing.
"Hi mom, send bitcoin" sign on ESPN College Gameday pic.twitter.com/1lIcs1RBV4
— Matt Henry (@matbhh) November 30, 2013
From Business Insider:
Here’s the deal: Yesterday on ESPN’s “College GameDay” (an ESPN college football show that’s filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.
A QR code is a visual representation of any kind of information (frequently a URL for a website). In this case, the code represented a Bitcoin wallet.
On Reddit, Bitcoin fans managed to enhance the QR code from the screen in order to identify his wallet, so that people could donate money to him.
UPDATE: There’s now speculation that the student may have sent some of the money to himself to get the ball rolling. And that most of the money came from only four addresses.
— Josh Norris (@joshnorris14) November 30, 2013