TorrentReaktor, a (surprise!) popular torrent site supposedly bought itself a town and quickly renamed it after itself.
The town of Gar, founded in 1958 by a religious group connected to the Russian Orthodox Church, was bought for 4.5 million rubles ($148,000 or 115,000Eur). Gar is located in the center of Russia and has only 214 inhabitants who make a living from selling home-grown vegetables in a nearby town.
With the financial injection from TorrentReactor the people of Gar (now the people of TorrentReactor) will be able to get connected to the Internet. Right now, there are only three computers available in the entire town, and just one is connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection.
While I can’t verify the validity of this news (could very well be a prank), I have a good recommendation to any Internet Gazzillionaires aspiring to put their name on the map (literally). Buy Harmony. I mean Harmony, California. It’s a scenic little town along the California Coastline – close to Hearst Castle.
Hey, you don’t even need to be a gazzillionaire. With a population iof 18, it must be quite affordable. Even Max Levchin could afford it.
And if you don’t like the Coast, or there is already an abundance of Harmony in your life – go to Hell. (No, I’m not rude…)