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Trading a Paperclip for a House

Chris Higgins

Kyle MacDonald famously traded a red paperclip for a house, using a series of shrewd trades, great PR, and the power of the internet. In this five-minute video, MacDonald explains how it happened. And no, you may not have my red paperclip. My red Swingline stapler, on the other hand, is available to trade for a dwelling of pretty much any size.

More recently, MacDonald (and a team of artists) decided to buy literally every item for sale in a corner store as part of an art project. "This is what we're doing with our lives," MacDonald said as he cleared out the store. It cost $10,000. Video after the jump, including sweet ELO soundtrack.