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9 Pointlessly Expensive Items You Can Buy

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By Dylan Moore, University of Arkansas

Some expensive stuff that people choose to spend their money on—jet skis and yachts, or really anything water-based—is pretty cool. But some things are weird ... and then some are just absurd.

1. A rock that looks like meat

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Currently for sale on eBay is a rock that looks like meat—like a cut of pork, maybe—and it can be yours for just $1,255,000! Buy it to impress your friends ... or trick them. Do whatever your heart desires with this meaty-looking rock!

2. Kanye West-designed shirt

Designer t-shirts can cost quite a bit of money. Sometimes it's because designers are using expensive fabric, which makes sense. Sometimes it's because of the designer: The more famous he is, the more expensive his shirts are. That also kind of makes sense. So you might be wondering why we’re saying that a shirt designed by Kanye West (really famous person) is “pointlessly” expensive. Let’s look at this shirt:

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It’s just a plain white cotton t-shirt. That costs $120. Granted, it was created in partnership with high-end brand A.P.C. ("A.P.C. Kanye" is even silkscreened along the interior neckline) and is made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton, but still—this shirt isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. You can get one just like it for at least a hundred dollars less almost anywhere else.

3. Diamond contact lenses


One option available to those people with less than 20/20 vision—who also don't want to wear glasses or traditional (read: invisible) contacts—are these diamond contact lenses. "If your eyes are sparkling with diamonds, no one can look away,” says creator Chandrashekhar Chawan of Shekhar Eye Research. What will it cost to put this strange twinkle in your eye? A mere $15,000.

4. Million dollar fishing lure


Fishing has traditionally been a somewhat minimalist endeavor, requiring just a pole, some line, and a lure. A cheap, cheap lure. Or, if you have a bit more money to throw around, you can instead procure a $1 million lure—made of three pounds of gold/platinum and encrusted with diamonds and rubies—that probably won’t work any better.

5. Toilet paper


If you think your butt deserves better than plain white toilet paper, you can buy TP in colors—black, blue, pink, purple, green, and more. The cheapest option is a two pack for $6. It isn’t near as much money as the other items on the list, but it’s crazy expensive compared to regular old plain toilet paper, which clocks in at under $1 per roll.

6. Parking spot

It's hard to put a price on a prime parking spot, but one thing's for sure: People are willing to pay for it. One space in San Francisco recently sold for $82,000, and two spots in Boston were auctioned off for $560,000.

7. Snoop digital pot sticker


Marijuana can be really expensive, so it might also stand to reason that other pot related items would be equally overpriced. And, as in the Kanye example, a famous person’s name being attached would logically raise the price, right? So it makes sense that people are paying just under $100 for digital pot stickers from Snoop Lion (via his app, Snoopify). That’s right, stickers. Well, not real stickers. Digital stickers.

8. Gold and diamond game boy


Game Boys were pretty great. But now that the classic handheld system is obsolete, getting one should be pretty cheap, right? Well, not if it happens to be covered in pieces of gold and diamond—that will cost you $25,000. Which is a bummer, because the gold and diamond is essential to the system's functionality. How can you play Pokemon Gold if the Game Boy isn’t covered in gold itself? It just doesn’t make any sense.

9. Gold plated staples


Want the tiny pieces of metal holding your papers together plated in gold? Like most things plated in gold, there is absolutely no reason for this. (And we’re pretty sure you could get staples spray painted gold and have the same effect.) Twenty-four of them will cost you $210.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:


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To this:


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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]