Thanks to the volatile price of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies are enjoying a frenzied moment in the sun as the market swings wildly on a daily basis.
The coins with the highest market cap (Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ripple, and others) deservedly get the most attention, but there are blockchain-based digital tokens for just about everything. While there are plenty of cryptocurrencies out there with tangible utility and unique value, in this story we salute the dregs: the weirdest, wackiest, and most ridiculous coins that have popped up over the past several years.
Fans of CryptoKitties—the Beanie Babies of blockchain—are only just realizing the frivolous wonders to behold within decentralized networks, but the cryptocurrency landscape is already littered with the ghosts of hundreds of dead coins that were too niche, too dumb, or blatant scams. The Cryptocurrency Market Capitalizations website lists more than 1,500 active coins, but the further down the list you go, the more obscure they get.
Below are 23 of the most out-of-the-box and straight-up bizarre cryptocurrencies we’ve seen (so far). Honorable mention to some defunct and truly vaporware entries like Fonziecoin (FONZ), Selfiecoin, Pizzacoin, and the ill-fated 2016 President Johnson coin (GARY), which are still technically listed but do not seem to be active.