What would you do with $100,000? Would you buy a house? A sports car? Take a luxury trip around the world?
Maybe you’d buy your own private island.
Or maybe, just maybe, you would do like one buyer did on eBay and spend it on a nugget from the Golden Arches. As in McDonald’s. And a chicken nugget, not a golden nugget.
But probably not. Because you are sane.
One chicken McNugget: $0.99
One chicken McNugget from a special edition BTS meal shaped like a character from Among Us: $99,997.00 + $4.20 shipping
THE BIDDING ON THE AMONG US BTS NUGGET ENDED ???? pic.twitter.com/aVlEYrL2MM
— keoni (@amongusvore) June 4, 2021
There is no denying that BTS and Among Us are both insanely popular.
Among Us is “a multiplayer online game that takes place in a spaceship or alien headquarters and consists of crewmates and one imposter.
The task is to find the imposter before he or she ends up killing everyone.” It skyrocketed to popularity in 2020 and has been downloaded more than 100 million times.
As for The K-pop sensation, BTS, they were the #1 top-selling artists IN THE WORLD in 2020.
Recently, McDonald’s started selling the “BTS meal,” a collaboration with the seven-member South Korean boy band. The meal consists of a 10-piece chicken McNuggets, medium fries, medium Coke and two new dipping sauces, sweet chili and cajun, chosen by BTS and inspired by McDonald’s South Korea.
— McDonald’s? (@McDonalds) May 26, 2021
According to the seller of the now infamous nugget on eBay, Polizna, the chicken nugget was once a member of a limited-edition BTS meal and was being sold in “used” condition.
He titled the item as follows:
McDonald’s Among Us Shaped Nugget From BTS Meal
Polizna also said the nugget would “be frozen and then air-sealed to ensure freshness before shipping.” And had “an expected lifespan of 14 days.” Although, if it’s anything like McDonald’s fries, it’ll likely last forever.
Over the course of 7 days and 184 bids placed by 45 bidders, the lowly nugget saw a meteoric rise from its starting price of a mere 99 cents to a whopping 100K.
That is some chicken.
According to McDonald’s their chicken nuggets are made with USDA-inspected meat:
Each and every one of our Chicken McNuggets® is made with USDA-inspected boneless white-meat chicken—cut from the chicken breast, tenderloins and rib meat.
The nuggets are mixed with a marinade for flavor and juiciness and created into 4 unique shapes – bell, boot, ball, and bone.
And at least one Among Us crewmate. Although apparently there are others.
In an interview with CNET, Polizna, who goes by the name Tav, said that this wasn’t the first Among Us nugget on eBay.
Two others sold on the auction site for $14,900 and $50,000 respectively (and I’m starting to rethink my entire retirement savings plan.)
“This particular Among Us nugget wasn’t the first one on the auction site, but the nugget has an unmistakable correlation with the actual character, even including an odd bump on the back that would represent the backpack.”
So those other nuggets? Were likely imposters.
It took two days for the bidding to take off. But once it did, it was GAME ON. The first bid came in at $14,969.69 and things just escalated from there. By the time the bidding reached $34,343.43, The official Among Us Twitter account chimed in:
— Among Us (@AmongUsGame) June 1, 2021
They even went so far as to ask McDonald’s to “split the cost with me or send me one for free!! ok thank u”
McDonald’s did not immediately respond.
Among Us wasn’t the only one who had something to say about the astronomically priced poultry.
XBox responded to their tweet by saying, “For that price, it must come with Szechuan Sauce.”
For that price it must come with Szechuan Sauce.
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 1, 2021
As luck would have it, it does, upon request. Tav told CNET that he has a stash of Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce and would ship some with the nugget if the buyer requests it.
For $99,997 PLUS shipping he better throw it in for free.
Other tweeters questioned who in their right mind would spend that kind of money on a chicken nugget, begging the question, “Who’s stupid enough to pay 34 grand for a nugget?”
who's stupid enough to pay 34 grand for a nugget?
— Daniel Broadbent (@Dannybroadbent1) June 1, 2021
Um, someone who’s just a notch higher up on the intelligence scale than the one who spent 100 grand for a nugget?
Someone that pays that much for a freaking McDonalds nugget has gone lost their mind!
— Mikey (@mikey4g) June 4, 2021
Of course, all it takes is one.
If i were a millionaire, i would definitely buy it
— themonkeyjoe (@themonkeyjoe) June 1, 2021
Annnnd there he is.
The only question I have is… why?
— cartoonist103 (@cartoonist103) June 1, 2021
It just goes to show that everything has its price. Including a highly processed chunk of chicken in a plastic bag.
As for how the buyer would likely respond to being asked how he feels about owning the most expensive chicken nugget in history? We’d hazard a guess that he’d say:
“I’m lovin’ it.”