“You can pay me in cruises”

Once upon a time, a little boy made a SnapChat account called @CarnivalCruise. Six years later, he got a free holiday

A kid in the US has been convinced to trade his SnapChat handle for a family cruise.

What it means: Do you ever come across stories and wonder how you'd explain it to an alien, or your grandma? This is one of them.

Darian Lipscomb, a 15-year-old from the US, went on a cruise with his family when he was nine. He wanted to share the experience with his friends, so he created the SnapChat handle @CarnivalCruise. Flash forward six years, when every big company in the world wants a piece of the snap action (snaption? Sure!) and Carnival Cruises tracked him down and offered to buy it off him.

Instead of cash, they offered him a free $5000 trip to Spain for him and his whole family in exchange for the handle.

Why are we telling you this? Well it kind of proves that lots of different things can hold value. This one kid from a small-ish town with a SnapChat account can mean *so* much to a huge company, when six years ago the chances are the company didn't even know what 'a Snap' was. And rather than just buy it off him, they're offering him a holiday in exchange.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?