The Simpsons Cryptocurrency Episode - "Frinkcoin"

Cryptocurrencies are getting more popular than ever. Recently Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin symbols have been spotted in The Simpsons latest episode titled "Frinkcoin".  Frinkcoin is the 675Th episode of American animated sitcom which aired on FOX Channel February 23rd 2020. The plot of the comedy evolved around the development, adoption and the demise of Frinkcoin cryptocurrency. The show brought the subject matter to a wide audience and is quite educative about blockchain. In a very funny way of course.

Watch it on Fox

Many crypto advocates highlighted the episode on Twitter in celebration. Despite Litecoin being hilariously featured in an anti-blockchain formula; Charlie Lee the creator of Litecoin, was one of the first to tweet his excitement about the mention. 




Also on Twitter, @TheSimpsons account is having fun with the audience and the crypto community by running an asset pool. "Which one would you invest in?" With FrinkCoin taking the lead agains gold, renmin…

Crypto Dictionary: The Basics according to Oxford Dictionary

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It is very easy to find crypto related words and definitions on Wikipedia. However the definition itself is only completely accepted worldwide, by major institutions, once it has been added as a word to the Oxford Dictionary. So I gathered some few simply words that only exists today because of Bitcoin. Definitions that have already been added to the Oxford dictionary and that will probably be recorded in history forever.

1. Cryptocurrency: A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.

EX: ‘decentralized cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin now provide an outlet for personal wealth that is beyond restriction and confiscation’
Origin: Early 21st century from crypto- + currency.

2. Bitcoin:  A type of digital currency in which a record of transactions is maintained and new units of currency are generated by the computational solution of mathematical problems, and which operates independently of a central bank.

EX: ' if you want to buy something using bitcoin you need to make sure the seller accepts the cryptocurrency’


3. Blockchain: A system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network.

‘we can actually have a look at the blockchain and see evidence of what's going on’

4. Cryptography: The art of writing or solving codes. 

5. Satoshi: “A satoshi is the smallest monetary unit in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, and is named after Satoshi Nakamoto, the—probably pseudonymous—developer(s) of Bitcoin.”

And for now that is as far Oxford dictionary goes when it comes to Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. They fail to mention the definition of Litecoin, Ethereum or the word alt-coin and stable-coin itself. So I did not even attempt to go much further as those two seam to be the most popular ones in the market today. Luckily they did not try to define Bitcoin Cash either. On another note I did find the meaning for computing Fork which I thought was quite nice: Split (a process) into two or more independent process. Hope one day they get to distinguish between a soft and a hard fork.

One of these days I will make sure to add  more popular definitions that we often use when talking about crypto in the real world. There are certainly many words, terms and slangs that are now part of our popular culture.


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