Three years ago, Norwegian student Kristoffer Koch was procrastinating when he read an article about bitcoins, an unregulated online currency that was a new concept at the time. On a whim, he bought 5,000 shares for 150 kroner ($26). Koch then logged out of the exchange, got back to his school work, and forgot about the purchase. In the annals of college-induced procrastination, his move ranked at about a 6 out of 10 on the Useful Waste of Time scale, six slots of ahead of masturbating, but 3 below cleaning his desk.
This spring, bitcoins blew up. Shares rose to over $200 in April, and the currency attracted mainstream attention. Koch remembered he had 5,000 in his possession. He logged back on the exchange, checked his account, and learned that his $26 purchase had just netted him $885,520.
Koch cashed out 1/5 of his stash and bought an apartment in the wealthiest neighborhood of Oslo. And here's where it gets really funny: His girlfriend, who he said gives him shit for "buying a lot of technical little things that [he] never had time to use," is moving in with him. She now believes he should be allowed to buy anything he wants.