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Mysterious Bitcoin Transaction: $64,000 Spent on Enigmatic 9MB Data Inscription

An anonymous individual recently made an astonishing move in the world of Bitcoin, spending approximately $64,000 in transaction fees to engrave nearly 9 megabytes of raw binary data onto the Bitcoin blockchain.

The event took place on January 6th, around 11:20 am UTC, and it involved the use of over 1 Bitcoin to create a total of 332 inscriptions.

The peculiar aspect of this event is the enigmatic nature of the data.

Despite the extensive use of resources, no one has been able to decipher or discern the meaning behind this raw binary data. Even attempts to employ advanced AI systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT yielded no meaningful insights.

Speculations have arisen suggesting that the data may be encrypted, making it potentially impossible or extremely difficult to decrypt.

Leonidas, the host of The Ordinal Show, acknowledged this possibility in a post on January 7th.

In addition to the enigma surrounding the data itself, questions have arisen about the identity of the individual responsible for these inscriptions.

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The Bitcoin address associated with this mysterious endeavor, “bc1pnp…zwd0th,” is labeled as “Unnamed” on Ord.io, adding another layer of intrigue.

Interestingly, among the 332 inscriptions, two of them are adorned with a symbol depicting a digital pepperoni pizza.

Ord.io explained that this symbol signifies that these inscriptions contain satoshis originating from the famous 10,000 BTC transaction used to purchase two Papa John’s pepperoni pizzas on May 22, 2010, by early Bitcoin contributor Laszlo Hanyecz.

This event comes on the heels of another Bitcoin-related mystery. Just one day prior, on January 5th, a substantial sum of 26.9 BTC, equivalent to $1.17 million, was sent to Bitcoin’s Genesis wallet, the first-ever Bitcoin wallet created. This event sparked a flurry of theories within the cryptocurrency community.

Conor Grogan, a director at Coinbase, pondered whether this sudden transfer was an awakening of Satoshi Nakamoto or if someone had intentionally “burned” a million dollars.

Jeremy Hogan, a prominent pro-XRP lawyer, speculated that it could be an attempt to expose the anonymous Bitcoin creator, as reporting such a large sum to the United States Internal Revenue Service might be legally mandated.

However, it’s important to note that such a theory would only be applicable if Satoshi Nakamoto were indeed subject to U.S. tax laws, adding another layer of complexity to the ongoing Bitcoin mysteries.

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