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  • Hey Challenge fans, we're sure most of you saw our original challenge episode where we

  • tried to come up with ways of spending $1 billion dollars in real life in just one day.

  • Well, today we're putting it up to your favorite lab rat and challenging him to find realistic

  • ways of spending $1 billion in 24 hours- but because it's Covid quarantine season, he can't

  • leave the house!

  • So, can you really spend a cool $1 billion online in 24 hours?

  • Let's find out!

  • Alright, I bet all of you out there in youtubeland are about as sick and tired of being stuck

  • at home as I am.

  • Well, other than going stir crazy I happened to be a statistic and actually got infected,

  • but thankfully it was mild and cleared up in a few weeks.

  • Turns out the girlfriend is one of the lucky ones, and was asymptomatic, but just in case

  • we made sure to bunker up at our place like it was a zombie apocalypse survival challenge.

  • I don't know which of the two- the girlfriend or our dog- has suffered the worst from this

  • lockdown.

  • She loves to be active, and this lockdown has her going absolutely stir crazy.

  • Our poor dog is used to going to agility training and to the dog park to hang out with other

  • pups, and the best we've been able to do with him is play fetch in the house.

  • The other day I caught both of them staring out the window and I swear they had tears

  • in their eyes.

  • You probably noticed we've been on a challenge break given the circumstances and my health,

  • so it's kind of nice to actually be able to do another challenge- even if it's just online.

  • Spend a billion dollars over the internet, without ever leaving home.

  • That's a lot of money, and the rules of the challenge are going to make it rather difficult.

  • First, there's no just giving it away to charity, I have to find real things to spend the money

  • on.

  • Second, the entire purchasing process has to be done electronically.

  • The buying and receipt process of whatever I would buy all has to be possible remotely,

  • never requiring a face-to-face meeting or exchange.

  • So, let's start.

  • Ok, right off the bat I thought about real estate, because it's the most expensive thing

  • you can possibly buy and I need to eat up this massive budget as quickly as I can.

  • After all, I need to actually be able to buy everything I plan on acquiring all online,

  • far more difficult than in person.

  • Also, there's a sweet bonus from The Infographics Show on the line for me if I can hit the billion

  • dollar mark in a realistic way- yep, the show's officially turning these challenges into a

  • messed up game show.

  • So I turned to Dubai, knowing that they have private islands for sale there and private

  • islands in one of the world's most expensive places can't be cheap.

  • I had to make sure that I could actually complete a transaction fully remotely, so I did what

  • any normal person would do- I reached out to them directly and pretended I wanted to

  • buy an island.

  • Turns out, it's pretty damn easy.

  • I got a hold of the real estate agency by email first, and they responded very quickly

  • and set up a time to call.

  • (Use photo 1 in attachments to card)

  • Now I couldn't just pretend to be the buyer directly, because no insanely rich person

  • handles such mundane details as buying islands themselves.

  • So I had the girlfriend pretend to be my assistant, which worked really well because she's a very

  • gifted actress.

  • Within two hours and after just three phone calls back and forth between us and the real

  • estate office in Dubai, we had an island worth $455 million lined up and ready for purchase.

  • Now the payment process would take a few days because as we were told, it would have to

  • be done via bank wire transfer and officials in both the US and Dubai would have to inspect

  • it.

  • You can't just move around such massive quantities of money without the government taking a peek

  • to make sure everything's legit.

  • Then there would have to be reams of paperwork to be signed, and some government forms from

  • Dubai- but all of it I was assured could be done quickly and completely over the internet,

  • by phone, or if need be- by fax.

  • Boom, just like that I owned an island.

  • Well, I mean not really, but either way almost halfway through this challenge with just one

  • purchase.

  • $545 million to go.

  • I headed over to Ebay because I figured that place was full of enough crap that there were

  • bound to be plenty of things to help me reach my billion dollar budget.

  • I was definitely not disappointed.

  • I went to automobiles first, figuring that cars would probably be the most expensive

  • things there.

  • The clock was winding down, so I had to spend my money economically, achieving a very high

  • dollar to hours ratio, so I ignored anything under a million, and honestly, the cars section

  • kind of disappointed me.

  • Sure, there were Bugattis and McLarens P1s for sale, but even after buying enough cars

  • for myself and all my extended family and exhausting every single car over a million

  • that I could find, it all still only came up to $43 million.

  • Still, that's a total of $498 million, and only $502 million left to go.

  • I turned to collectibles and I found some real gems there, though nothing quite as pricey

  • as I imagined.

  • Still, I snagged a sweet original negative from the Hiroshima atomic bombing for 2 million,

  • and I have to admit it was fascinating to make that find.

  • (use photo labeled 2)

  • I also found a WWII Japanese officer's sword and a top secret British map of the front

  • lines, both for over a million.

  • What really blew my mind though was a piece of a letter written by the Prophet Muhammad,

  • going for $1.2 million.

  • (use photo 3).

  • I wondered about the authenticity but it came with a certificate of authenticity and the

  • seller had over 98% positive feedback- so, you know, 'probably' legit.

  • Alright, I racked up a total bill of $38 million in collectible photographs, maps, and other

  • similar antiques- though it sort of became a bit of rabbit hole for me and I spend a

  • good hour and a half looking through all the postings...

  • most of that time was while the girlfriend was on the phone with real estate agents in

  • Dubai of course.

  • Still, it wasn't a very efficient use of my time, I wasn't spending enough money per hour

  • and needed to step it up a notch.

  • $536 million spent, $464 million to go.

  • I turned to antiques now, and was blown away by a 21 million dollar cabinet.

  • Yeah, you heard that right, a cabinet worth 21 million... at least to someone anyways.

  • (use photo 4).

  • Apparently the cabinet was gifted by Queen Victoria to various British nobles, and you

  • know those Brits- despite living in a democracy they are confusingly still crazy about royals.

  • Like a hundred years ago these guys were literally stomping on peasant's necks, and today they're

  • getting turned into celebrities...

  • I just don't understand.

  • Anyways, I thought it was funny when I found a life-sized carving of Sitting Bull's head

  • for sale for 8.5 million (use photo 5).

  • It was attributed to an early American folk artist, but the seller admits that it hadn't

  • been authenticated.

  • That takes some balls to sell an item you haven't even authenticated yet and ask for

  • $8.5 million, so I put it on the list.

  • Top it all off with some random ancient chinese porcelain, more British royal memorabilia,

  • and other odds and ends and my antique shopping spree came out to a cool $74 million, putting

  • a serious dent in my budget and making for a very efficient millions-per-hour spending

  • rate.

  • New total: $610 million, $390 to go.

  • Now, I figured art was a sure-fire way to spend some big bucks, and let me tell you

  • I wasn't disappointed here.

  • I found some jackson pollock original paintings all for at least $10 million, along with two

  • paintings of... well, streaks, also going for $10 million.

  • (use photo 6).

  • Listen, I get it, I'm an artist myself, but if you're spending $10 million for a streak

  • of paint on white canvas... you really need to check yourself before you rickety-wreck

  • yourself, because you just got got.

  • Still, it was pricey, so into the shopping bag it went.

  • All in all after spending obscene amounts on modern art, my bill came to $98 million.

  • Interestingly though I didn't find any paintings over 10 million, making me wonder if there's

  • some limit Ebay is willing to let dumb people spend on their site.

  • New total: $708 million, with $292 to go.

  • By now I'd spent six hours shopping, and it was time for lunch so I ordered Grubhub sushi

  • for the girlfriend and I.

  • Total: $58.30, but I picked up that tab myself.

  • This was going much better than I had hoped for to be honest, mostly because as I mentioned-

  • dumb people are paying obscene amounts of money for dumb art.

  • I figured that after all this coronavirus lockdown crap, me and the girlfriend deserved

  • a vacation, so I looked for ways to finance a getaway with our remaining millions.

  • I found what's billed as the world's most expensive hotel room, which is on a private

  • submarine down in the Caribbean called The Lover's Deep.

  • Price tag: $292,000 a night, so with air fare and a five night get away, that came out to

  • $1.5 million.

  • I threw in some fun activities like swimming with sharks, luxury yacht rentals- plus crew

  • of course- and a few other odds and ends and managed to spend $3.2 million for a five day

  • trip.

  • Thing is, this was an incredibly inefficient use of my time, because it took almost two

  • hours to even find the contact info for The Lovers Deep, because as I found out- at least

  • as of this writing- it's not a thing you can just google.

  • I had to have the girlfriend call down to several places at St. Lucia itself to find

  • anyone who had contact info for the company that rents out the submarine, once again with

  • her posing as my very sexy personal assistant.

  • Turns out this sub is kind of one of those 'unique' experiences that only the ultra wealthy

  • are supposed to know about, and I feel like if I include the contact info in this video

  • someone might come after me.

  • Ok, new total: $711.2 million.

  • Definitely not a good use of my time.

  • Alright, regular business hours for American businesses were coming to a close soon, so

  • I pulled out all the stops for this next expense.

  • I headed over to Space Adventures' website and got a public relations phone number to

  • call.

  • After a half hour of back and forths, they quoted me that for an upcoming circumlunar

  • mission, the cost would be $117 million per person.

  • The trip is supposed to span less than a week, and consists of two passengers with one professional

  • Russian Cosmonaut.

  • Your spacecraft will swing around the far side of the moon, without entering into orbit,

  • and return to earth, bringing you as low as 100 meters from the lunar surface.

  • Now, of all the things I spent fake money on, this was without a doubt the thing that

  • had me most excited.

  • I love space.

  • Let me rephrase that, I (bleep) love space, and the thought of getting within 100 meters

  • of the moon made me so excited that I got sad when I realized I wouldn't actually be

  • going.

  • Also, I would never get the opportunity to make the ultimate terrible joke, by getting

  • into space with the girlfriend, turning to her, and saying, “You know, I think you're

  • out of this world.”

  • So two dreams crushed in one blow, what a cruel life.

  • Still, my new total was $945.2 million, with $54.8 to go- except not, because Space Adventures

  • also quoted a single seat to the ISS for $55 million!

  • And just like that, boom, billion dollars spent.

  • Sure I went over budget, but I guess I could just cut back on some of the dumb art I bought,

  • and yeah, it makes me a little sad that I'd have to leave the girlfriend behind while

  • I went to the ISS, but as she put it- “Going to the ISS seems dumb, I bet it smells up

  • there.

  • But the moon is romantic!”

  • Mission accomplished, and it only took less than twelve hours- granted I couldn't have

  • done it without the girlfriend pretending to be my personal assistant to various real

  • estate and luxury resort offices, so half the credit goes to her.

  • Now payment for some of these things would take a few days to sort out, but I was assured

  • that none of it would need to be done in person, and the bank could handle all wire transfers

  • electronically.

  • So, if you've ever wondered if you could really spend a billion dollars online in one day-

  • the answer is yes.

  • Got challenge fever and can't wait for new ones to start again?

  • Check out the classic, Eating Only What I Catch For 72 Hours.

  • Or watch this other video instead!

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