Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Red with envy?

Internet Algebra anyone?
One year ago today a man started on a journey. A journey so ludicrous that people began to take notice if only because the impossibility of it all. One year and fourteen trades later, Kyle MacDonald has completed his journey that began with one red paperclip! For those of you who used to trade lunch contents for better and tastier things, Kyle is the ultimate pioneer of the trade. Beginning his journey just a year ago with his post of the paperclip in question.
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You can follow the journey that has seen the paperclip evolve into hardware, camp equipment right on through celebrity encounters on Kyle's site. The whole thing's thoroughly documented with photos and correspondence and all that fun stuff. Today Kyle will be extremely busy with the media and the mayor of Kipling as well as many others, but eventually he will have time for us to bury him in praise. Word has already spread across the ocean and around the world at large through the wire services so the buzz is huge! Drop him a congratulatory line or maybe you can make the trip to Saskatchewan to audition for role in Corbin Bernsen’s new movie at his shiny new digs. Kyle's trades scored him a house so maybe you can score a movie career in the aftermath!

Having traded my share of granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches for Twinkies and other sugar laden snacks over the years Kyle is now added to my list of people whose initiative impresses me. He is the Mecca of what a Useless Man can do with the right mind set. You can imagine what some of his family were saying when he pitched the idea. You can be sure the internet will be flooded with similar sites in a short time once the news hits the media outlets, but for now he is a temporary internet hero. His fame and the fervor will settle down and he can begin to enjoy his new life in the bustling province of Saskatchewan. I'm so jealous right now. I'm definitely going to have to plan a trip to see the giant paperclip that will be erected in Kyle's honour on One Red Paperclip day! Who's coming on the ultimate geek pilgrimage with me? We can consider it a fact finding mission in our own quest to engineer the ultimate trade.

15 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

I have been following.

Pretty amazing stuff.


Take Care
Michael

9:39:00 AM  
Blogger redheaded said...

just think what a pink paper clip would have gotten him!

10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Hick said...

That is amazing. It kills me to think of all the houses I've thrown away just cleaning out my desk. Oh, man.

10:28:00 AM  
Blogger sands of time said...

It's incredible .I was just reading that in the newspaper this morning.Now,im trying to think what i can trade.

10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Martini said...

At the risk of sounding like a jerk, I think Kyle is a moron who was only looking for a cheap way to get his 15 minutes of fame. He could have put all that incredible energy wasted on trading, towards something useful. Had he put that energy towards actually acquiring a house the normal way, he would have succeeded in getting a much better house than the abandoned rental he ended up with.

That being said, he accomplished what he set out to do, which is admirable. His determination is/was amazing.

11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

this was in our paper too...its amazing what you can do with a blog and office stationery...lol

:0)

1:46:00 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Who needs a house anyways. A paper clip is better for keeping papers together than a house is. And you don't have to pay a hydro bill for a paper clip..

4:08:00 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

this is a case of...now why didn't i think of that? What's disturbing me is he is my age and a hunk to boot

4:25:00 PM  
Anonymous ohgirl said...

It is amazing. And it's on every news show. I wonder what he will trade next.

5:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

damn - I can't believe it actually worked! I remember this from when he began, but I'd lost track of it after a while. That's some impressive work.

5:39:00 PM  
Blogger PBS said...

That is very cool!

8:36:00 PM  
Blogger redheaded said...

martini, i think you're a party pooper and just upset because you went the the hell of actually buying a house and you are jealous! think about the stress ....all the stress....the ULTRA stress he didn't have to go through!

2:21:00 PM  
Blogger DutchBitch said...

I am with Rowan on this one: Great Idea, Well "Performed", Great Results and A Total Hunk! But of course still #2 to Rainy Pete... ;-)

3:31:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Leslie said...

Okay, here's your idea - start trading your one red nose for something cool and see where that can take you.

For example, I'll offer to trade you a pair of Homer Simpson boxers for your red nose.

8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Useless Man said...

Seriously? Let's plan a road trip, my furry friend!

12:18:00 PM  

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