Travel to the summit of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, where Three Twins Ice Cream's founder will hand-churn a batch of ice cream with glacial ice from the mountain's summit. The mountain's glaciers are predicted to disappear within the next 10-15 years due to climate change - and your purchase helps raise awareness of this fact with a five-figure contribution to an African environmental non-profit. The sundae's price also includes first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star accommodations, a guided climb, as much ice cream as you can eat and a souvenir t-shirt made from organic cotton.
Moda Operandi sells a pair of solid gold dumbbells for $125,000. (Though they're currently sold out). From their website:
Hock Design effortlessly combines form and function in these stunning Goldloft dumbbells. Crafted with precision-turned handles of rare Grenadilla wood and 2kg worth of 18k gold per dumbbell, this set is an opulent workout accessory, investment, and truly modern objet d'art for the home.
Each dumbbell contains 2kg of 18K gold. So that's 4kg of 18K gold that you'd be buying.
The current market value of 1kg of 18K gold is $29,079.14. So, 4kg of it would be worth $116,316.56. That would represent the base value of the dumbbells -- what you could get if you melted them down. Which means that you'd be paying $8683.44 just for the design of the dumbbells, outside of their gold value.
If you have $1000 to spare, you can buy a tin can from Tiffany. As far as tin cans go, it's a very nice one. It's made with "Sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue enamel accent." But at the end of the day, it's still a tin can.
Nordstrom is now selling pre-dirtied jeans for $425. And here I've been washing my jeans all these years! It reminds me of that guy back in the 90s who sold shotgun-blasted jeans, though his prices were more reasonable.
They're charging $2000 for the whole pizza (I don't think they sell it by the slice). For that you get a wood-fired pizza "topped with stilton cheese, foie gras, truffles, caviar, and 24-karat gold flakes."
Life has gotten a little easier for the juice-loving super-rich. For a mere $700 they can now buy the Juicero — the world's first wi-fi connected juicer.
Oddly, the device can't actually juice produce from a store or farm. Instead, you have to buy packages of pre-cut vegetables/fruits from the Juicero company (adding to the cost). The device then squeezes the veggies inside the proprietary packs, so the only clean-up required is to discard the used pack. The device automatically orders more packs when you're about to run out (this is the purpose of the wi-fi connection).
I think I'll stick with snacking on non-squeezed raw vegetables — cheaper, minimal clean-up, and (I believe) healthier than juice.
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