Just like the real world, NFT technology offers boundless opportunities for creators, enabling anyone to tokenize and commercialize virtually anything and everything they could ever think of, no matter how weird it may be.
Now that the secret to being a successful NFT creator is out in the open, with some artwork selling for eight digits figures, some have taken their creativity to new heights. However, going above and beyond in the NFT space does not always mean having the best ideas; in this case, it can also be that the dumbest ideas happen to be valuable ones.
Anyone who has been in the crypto space for a while will be able to agree that some NFTs on the market will leave you scratching your head and questioning the sanity their creators, not because they aren’t fit to make NFTs, but more due to the weirdness their creation.
In this article, we have compiled a list of our top picks of the most bizarre, crazy, and unbelievable items to have ever been minted and sold as NFTs. Here we go!
10. Digital Toilet Paper with Flowers
The name itself is hilarious, and the idea of an actual NFT of tissue paper with flowers selling for as high as $4,100 is truly thought-provoking. Then again, if you look at the broader NFT market and what people put up for sale, it suddenly becomes much less of a big deal.
Unlike simply posting some random toilet paper, the ‘digital toilet paper with flowers‘ NFT belonged to toilet paper brand Charmin, a subsidiary of Cincinnati’s Procter & Gamble. When the NFT sold for a little over $4k, the brand quickly became very popular after several sources reported on it as the first toiletry brand to venture into the NFT space.
9. Emily Ratajkowski’s Portrait
The story behind this NFT is perhaps another strangely funny moment in NFT history. What do you do when an artist decides to draw you without your consent, and then puts your image up for sale? Most people would choose to sue the creator, especially if it were a prominent artist like Richard Prince.
Well, that’s what happened to Instagram supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, but she chose to go in a different direction when a picture of her in a stunning bikini was stolen from her Instagram page by Price. She did not sue the artist, quite the contrary; she was furious, and so she decided to buy her own portrait in an act of defiance. But guess how much for.
Ratajkowski paid Price $81,000 for her portrait in 2014, claiming that it was “a symbolic act” through which she was purchasing the right of determination over her own image.
The best part of the story, however, is that she subsequently minted the portrait as an NFT with the title “Buying Myself Back” selling it for $175,000, more than twice the amount she had bought it for from Richard seven years prior.
8. NFT Perfume
Have you ever wondered what a digital perfume smells like? Perhaps that sounds ridiculous to you as well, just as it did to most when Look Lab, a Germany-based beauty design company, debuted the world’s first digital fragrance as an NFT in April 2021.
The limited cologne collection, labelled ‘Cyber Eau de Parfum‘, ushered in the next evolution of fragrances powered by blockchain technology. Of course, this was a bold shot by the company to appeal to tech-savvy consumers who may also be interested in couping a digital fragrance in addition to the physical counterpart.
The digital scent was created by Canadian artist Sean Caruso, who is said to have encoded the actual scent of the perfume into a limited collection of ten NFTs. According to Caruso, the NFTs were designed with the form of spectrum data extracted using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
7. WWW Source Code Acquisition
Before the inception of NFT technology, some things were simply impossible to achieve, but thankfully that’s no longer true. For instance, who could have ever imagined that a day would come when the famous “WWW”, which stands for the “World Wide Web”, coud belong to a sole person.
We all know that the World Wide Web is an original invention that belongs to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and it has changed the digital world for good since its introduction in 1987. The revolutionary World Wide Web allowed users to create and navigate links between files across a network of computers.
Recently, roughly three decades and five years later, Sir Tim decided to auction off the source code for the WWW as an NFT at a starting bid of $1,000, though it eventually sold for a whopping $5.4 million.
To date, the buyer of the WWW source code still remains unknown, aside from the fact that they now hold a blockchain certificate issued by Berners-Lee confirming their ownership of the source code with a timestamp file. Either way, just in case you were worried, the acquisition and ownership of the WWW source code does not translate to collectible dominion over the entire internet!
6. Digital Pets
If you can own a digital scent, then what’s to stop you from owning a digital pet? So far we have seen the rise of many NFT projects with tokenized animals like cats, dogs, and many more. Indeed, many people were utterly swept off their feet when the CryptoKitties project was unveiled.
Essentially, CryptoKitties like most digital animal games enables players to acquire cartoon kittens with unique characteristics that can be bought, sold, and bred on the blockchain.
However, there is more to this type of project; after breeding these digital creatures, owners can further decide to participate in various competitions alongside other participants as in the case of the popular Axie Infinity.
This competition aspect itself has brought about the commercial side for the usability of NFT pets, making them just as valuable as their real-life counterpart, at least in the monetary sense.
5. Color Acquisition
Of course, as we get closer to the top of the list, it is bound to get more hilarious. We all know that there are thousands of colors, the majority of which we have never heard of being owned or created by anyone. However, that’s beginning to change thanks to NFT, as people can now buy colors as NFTs secured on the blockchain.
For instance, you can now mint a framed painted in the color of your choice and keep it in your blockchain wallet, or sell it to another person. Since colors have largely never been claimed by anyone, nor are they attributed to a particular owner, it is techniquely possible to own a color exclusively.
A website known as tzcolors.io offers just that, with more than a thousand NFT Colors available for sale, including “Vampire Black” and “YouTube Red”. These colors can be bought, and resold in auction houses for a decent price.
4. Marriage on the Blockchain with NFT Rings
Normally, when two people want to get married, they would either go to a church, mosque, court, or organize a special event with family and friends at a destination of their choice to be wedded by a priest, Imam, or judge, based on preference.
However, with NFTs now in the world, Peter and Rebecca from St. Francisco got married on the blockchain on April 2nd, 2021. So how exactly did they get engaged on the blockchain?
Well, instead of sealing their wedding vows through the use of a physical ring, they decided to opt for one based on blockchain. To explain in more detail, by leveraging an Ethereum smart contract, they were able to use a specially created token called “Tabaat”, a Jewish word for “ring”, to symbolize the couple’s vows to remain in matrimony.
3. Arm Auction
You would probably get angry if someone approached you and asked to auction one of your body parts for cash. Although we’ll concede that, for some, it more depends on how much is on the table. But you may be shocked to learn that some people even auction parts of their bodies voluntarily.
One particularly notable case is that of 20-years-old Croatian tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova, who tokenized a 15 cm section of her own arm in an attempt to raise sponsorship funds. In the end, the NFT depicting Oleksandra’s arm eventually sold for 3 Ether, or the equivalent of slightly more than $5,400 USD at the time of sale.
2. First Twitter Tweet
Would you believe it if you were told that your tweets were potentially worth more than likes, shares, and retweets? Well, Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, proved just that when he minted his first-ever tweet on the social network, selling it for a whopping $2.9 million.
The sale of the tweet, which reads “Just setting up my twttr”, marked the beginning of a new trend in which people started auctioning off their tweets for cash, whether it makes sense or not.
Valuables, the platform on which Dorsey’s first-ever tweet was sold, swiflty gained popularity in the aftermath, as more and more tweeps trooped in to take advantage of the frenzied moment in the NFT space. Although the trend is fading, it goes to show yet again that even the wildest ideas can sometimes be gold mines with NFTs.
1. Fart Symphony
Selling farts for cash? Yep, that’s about the most hilarious NFT craze we have heard of so far, and we couldn’t help but reserve it for top spot on our list. Although we know there are those with fascinations for the farts of loved ones, and you’ll find no kink shaming here, we’re not sure where to even begin with someone selling farts, let alone NFTs of them.
It is clearly within the realms of possibility though, and this has been proven by Brooklyn-based film director Alex Ramírez-Mallis, who is assuredly profiting from farts. The trendsetter in question, 36-year-old Ramirez-Mallis recorded the sound of his flatulence, minted it as an NFT, and put it up for sale with a starting price of $85. I’m sure anyone would agree—that’s a lot of money for a fart!
Though we have come to the end of this list, let us know in the comments below if there are any other weird NFTs that you have come across in your time in the crypto space.