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Ducks, Geese, and NFTs: How Ethereum and NFTs Saved a Couple’s House from Foreclosure

This is the story of how an American couple used an imaginative collection of Ethereum-based NFTs and the incredible support of the NFT community to save their home from being foreclosed on.



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Thorne Melcher and Mandy Musselwhite, an American couple who “own a farmhouse outside of Atlanta,” were featured on CNBC’s “Make It” recently.

Apparently, “bills started building up after Thorne Melcher lost her job as a software engineer in February,” and while “her girlfriend, Mandy Musselwhite, was able to meet a few expenses selling her artwork,” “the couple swiftly fell behind on their house payments,” according to the report.

“Includes a farmhouse where they’ve reared six ducks, two geese, and other animals,” according to their Atlanta, Georgia property.

CNBC quoted Musselwhite as saying:

“I knew we’d have to come up with something. We didn’t want to lose this property at all. We have a great time here. The animals love it here.”

Thankfully, they were able to come up with the idea of raising money by making “Dastardly Ducks,” a collection of 10,000 cartoon duck NFTs produced by code with unique combinations of over 100 different qualities. On January 19, they released this NFT collection, which “sold out in less than six hours, earning them little under $120,000.”

Two aspects add to the intrigue of this story.

The first is the couple’s poor financial status before their NFT launch. On Musselwhite’s Cash App, they appeared to have “a couple of bank accounts overdrawn,” one shared account with a balance of “less than $1,” one account with a balance of “negative $4.11,” and only “89 cents left.”

The second is that “the couple owing $35,587 in mortgage back-payments,” and they had until January 20 to deliver a check to their lawyer, or they would have to appear in court on January 21.

CNBC quoted Melcher as saying:

“By selling cartoon ducks, we were able to salvage our farm.” It felt like I was in a fever dream. They began moving at a breakneck pace right away. “Until they were all gone, I couldn’t sleep.”

Another fascinating feature of this story is that the pair was so broke before the NFT sale that they could “barely afford meals” and thus “didn’t have the finances to afford the charge to install the collection’s smart contract at first.”  Fortunately, one of their pals “offered to cover the Dastardly Ducks fee.”

So, how did they co-create this NFT collection and generate enough interest for sale to be so successful?

Melcher claims that they began working on their NFT collection in early January 2021. Melcher, a programmer, picked up Solidity rapidly, the Ethereum platform’s principal language for generating smart contracts, while Musselwhite, a visual designer, “drew each Dastardly Duck.”

The fact that “at the time of release, each Dastardly Duck cost around $15, and a 12-pack cost about $120” meant that many individuals could afford to buy at least one NFT contributed to the popularity of the sale.

Both of them have found it simpler to find work since introducing their NFT collection.

Melcher explains:

“I have a lot of folks who have suddenly expressed an interest in working with me as a Solidity programmer. Some people want to collaborate as artists with Mandy [Musselwhite].”

Dastardly Duck NFTs are offered on OpenSea and LooksRare, the two most popular Ethereum-based NFT marketplaces.

The cheapest Dastardly Duck NFT on OpenSea right now (as of 10:45 a.m. UTC on February 6) is 0.004 ETH, or around $12.


Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.



Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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Crypto-Vultures Profit from the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Only a few hours after the Queen’s passing, more than 40 meme tokens bearing her name have been released.



Yesterday, according to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Although her loss triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and grief, it has also been exploited as a money-grab.

Elizabeth II, monarch
Grift endures eternally, but the Queen is gone.

There are over 40 meme coins on Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s passing (and at least one exploitative NFT collection).

While the news of the British monarch’s demise saddened people worldwide, cryptocurrency scammers took advantage of the occasion to launch dozens of meme coins with Queen themes on Ethereum and Binance’s BNB Chain.

Among the new crypto coins that were introduced are “Queen Elizabeth Inu,” “Queen Doge,” “God Save The Queen,” “London Bridge Is Down,” “Queen Grow,” “Rip Queen Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth II,” and “Queen Inu II.” Other tokens with the name of the next king, King Charles III, have also appeared. According to DexScreener, at least 40 separate meme coins appear to have been produced in the previous six hours.

The most liquid tokens, Save The Queen and Queen Elizabeth Inu, have already processed trade volumes of around $700,000 and $200,000 since their debut. At the time of writing, the price of Queen Elizabeth Inu is up 1,517%, while it has increased by 23,271% on Binance Smart Chain and 3,708% on Uniswap. Prices are incredibly unstable and exceedingly unlikely to persist.

The “Queen Elizabeth 69 Years NFT” NFT set has reportedly been produced. One image is said to represent each year of the Queen’s reign in the collection. The project’s aims should be questioned because Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, not 69.

The crypto community, typically known for its gallows humor, mainly reacted negatively to the initiatives. When told about the NFT collection, NFT aficionado ThreadGuy said, “You’re going to hell.” Trader Byzantine General declared, “We’ve got to stop this crypto stuff.”

In 1926, Queen Elizabeth was born. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and passed away in Balmoral Castle at 96.

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One crypto sector, according to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, is experiencing a classic bubble cycle

One crypto sector may be going through a typical hype cycle, according to billionaire investor and software entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.



In a new episode of the All-In podcast, the CEO of Social Capital discusses the sharp decline in trading volume in the non-fungible token (NFT) market.

Palihapitiya offers Coachella and Burning Man as examples of major music festivals that strive to be distinctive but may wind up being mostly the same.

The billionaire contrasts NFTs and the overall art market with the two music events.

“I do believe that there is something going on; the simplest way to explain this is with the Burning Man/Coachella scenario. Many of these things are similar, but when some people approach anything new, they are too insecure to accept that it is similar to another item, so they spend a lot of time attempting to convince you that it is different. When someone says that a time is different, it’s probably not that different, as stated in the Warren Buffett quote, is an example. Or consider the other famous historical adage, “Things don’t always repeat in history, but they rhyme.”

All of this is meant to imply that, aside from major advances in science, not much new has been discovered recently. We keep repeating the same patterns, and one of them is the social capital that comes from making certain decisions and then having those decisions validated by others in order to feel valuable. And this occurred in NFTs, as well as, I’m sure, in the initial stages of several artistic movements. These events are more comparable than dissimilar because they have presumably occurred in a number of other markets as well.

Burning man and Coachella are same. The art market and NFTs are both the same. It doesn’t need to be unusual; you can simply appreciate it because you think it’s cool. I would just take it with a grain of salt and tell anyone who comes to you asking why it’s so different.

DappRadar reports that earlier last week, trading volume on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea reached a one-year low.

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