|A Pace Odyssey||
For those of us in Business Math, this week we've been given the Red Paperclip assignment, based on Kyle MacDonald's 2005 trading journey from a paper clip to a house. And for those who aren't in business math, I'm sure you've seen the shenanigans and insistent "Wanna trade?" 's coming from other students. MacDonald and his trading gained a lot of traction on the Internet during his adventure and in the years following, and his story is still well-known and used as an example for others today. In 2007, Bell Park in Kipling installed the world's largest (at the time) paperclip as a sculpture monument in his honor, and he gave a TEDx talk in 2015. This guy got pretty famous. And there have been crazier stories that make people well-known: all the 'Florida Man' headlines, the "catch me outside girl", the floss/backpack kid, all the people whose faces were used as meme templates, Philippe Petite walked across a tightrope in 1974 between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, people on "My Strange Addictions", Guinness World Record holders; any number of things. So my question for this week is, what would you want to be famous for?
Being known and established in Hollywood would be an awesome achievement, and not only for me, because then my old classmates and childhood friends from little ol' Salmon could have the privilege of saying they grew up with me and they 'know' me. If I was famous in Hollywood or on Broadway, I think my favorite part would be giving out my autograph. But being this type of "big" famous would be overwhelming- too many people would know who I am. I think I would want to have my name recognized for something weirder, like eating the most chicken nuggets in a minute (it's 16), or for the longest sung note held while doing jumping jacks. The appeal to me of holding a world record would be the ability to say I had done something no other person had done before. Of course, valiant or noble actions would be a good reason to become famous. Promoting good causes, making significant developments in conservation, health care, or human services, saving a puppy from a tree- all good things.
When you make your responses on others' posts, also say what you think they would most likely become famous for, or what they are famous for right now in school or the community.