|House, Wellsville, KS||249,950||750,050|
|Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster||96125||653,925|
|Samsung 42" Plasma TV||1399||652,526|
|Xbox 360 Elite||519||651,180|
|15.4" Widescreen Notebook||2149||649,031|
|GI Joe Prototype||200000||448,832|
|18 kt Gold Gameboy||25000||423,832|
|Virgin Mary Toast||28000||395,832|
The goal: spend $1,000,000. That you don't have. All virtual money. It has to be spent, not invested. It can't be used to earn you any more money. You can not have more than 2 forms of transportation, your house can't be more than certain percentage of the total. You can not have more than 4 items that are the same kind of thing...like you can't buy 12 game consoles. The closer you get to spending the entire million, the higher your grade will be.
This is Taylor's project for Pre-honors Algebra.
We thought it a little odd when he decided to buy a house in Wellsville, Kansas, of all places. He could not really explain how he landed there, but he certainly would not budge, despite all our teasing. He was so proud when he bought his first car, which was a Toyota Prius or something like that. Then we explained that he could really spend a lot more than that for a vehicle. A Hummer, perhaps? When he made the connection with car costs and found the Mercedes Benz, that's when he seemed to really get interested in the project.
The Door? A simple door. 200 Bucks. No explanations. He just wanted to buy this door. No reason. Just a quirk. Then last night he stumbled on a website about the most expensive things. An 18kt Gold Gameboy was right up his alley. But the giggles really started to come when he stumbled upon the Virgin Mary toast.
Here is a BBC story from 2004: 'Virgin Mary' toast fetches $28,000.