Saturday, February 8, 2020
I thought I'd try something different in this column.
Hidden in this article is money, only this isn't paper money, it's digital money. You can't just pick this money up, you have to master a puzzle to get it. But you can look at the money, which is so far the .25 BCH I’ve sent to this address:
So how does this work? In order to be a champion, you must find the 12 words that unlock the prize. If you’re unfamiliar with 12-word seeds, read this.
Some words will be more obvious than others, but each word appears in this article precisely once, and in the necessary order. You just need to find which ones.
I know this isn't anything novel. Bitcoin puzzles have been done by others, but I don't know if there's ever been one like this. I'm hoping this stunt can up the usage of read.cash. I want people to hear about this contest and try to win the prize like that treasure hidden out in Denver. But to find this money, you don't have to risk your life; you just need to put in the work, and maybe get a little lucky.
Just think of yourself as a miner, only you're doing it by hand. I want people who don't know anything about crypto to read this article and learn about Bitcoin Cash. I envision them walking out of their dark caves as they see a whole new world open up to them, one that they didn't know was even possible, one that is less about putting up fences and more about opening up borders.
Another reason why I'm doing this is for selfish motives. I'm not doing this just to be altruistic. If I'm being totally upfront, I hope to benefit through generous tips or more views.
With that said, I know that to make the big dollars we need orders of magnitude more people on read.cash, and the yardstick we must measure ourselves by is not other crypto platforms like Steem or Publish0x, but sites like Reddit and Medium, and that's just for starters.
I don't know how difficult this puzzle is. All I can promise is that if you're devoted, you can do it.
I'm going to increase the odds by revealing one word every time I publish a new column.
Finally, whoever happens to unlock the prize has no obligation to reveal their identity. This money is non binding. But it would help if you did just so it doesn't look like I took the money for myself.
That's it. If you think this is a promising idea and want to help up the ante, send BCH to:
None of the seed words start with the letter "T" (i.e. this, that, time, etc.)
None of the seed words are less than 4 letters
None of the seed words appear more than once
In all, there should be 30 words that quality. I'm assuming some words will be quite obvious.
I have no idea if this will work.
Maybe no one will be interested, or a coding whiz cheats to get the prize, but as my kid always says, "You never know until you try!"
Thanks for reading.