“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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Reader Comments

  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?