Why would anyone pay $600,000 for a cat meme, downloaded millions of times, and easily accessible to all on the internet? What does it say about our yearning to purchase and possess that one collector was willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a few-second clip of LeBron James slam-dunking? NFTs (the abbreviation stands for “non-fungible token”) are unique digital assets bought with cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum or Dogecoin, for example). In some cases, such as memes, the images are widely accessible, and the purchase doesn’t halt their circulation and use. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first-ever tweet from 2006—“just setting up my twttr”—is now valued at $2.5 million (1630.6 Ethereum). In creating a tokenized version of the tweet, he gave the buyer digital rights of ownership. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.