8 Weird (and Legal) Ways People Make $$ With Their Bodies Online
1Brain: Songwriter Writes Songs on Trending Topics, Earns $23,000
This is a songwriter who has used his brain to make $23,000 in music sales, which is quite a lot given the state of today's music industry.
Matt Farley has written 14,000 songs and released 500 albums on iTunes and Spotify. The way he makes so much money is by writing songs around trending internet topics, like popular celebrities, movies, and even poop. For example, he's written a song called “Will You Go to the Prom With Me ____” and has a version for hundreds of different names. Because of the sheer volume of tunes and catchy titles, he's amassed this bit of cash, no matter how crappy the songs are. Speaking of crap, here's a video of one of his songs called “Poop”!
2Thumbs: Videogamer Plays Minecraft, Earns Millions
3Mouth: Woman Makes $9000/mo Eating Food for Gastro Voyeurs
Park Seo-yeon of South Korea is another person making money off of YouTube videos. In this case, she is using her mouth (and stomach) simply eating mounds of food. She is known as “The Diva” and has a following of people in South Korea known as “gastro voyeurs” who like to watch people eat.
Because of her popularity, she quit her full-time consulting job and now eats for 3 hours a day. She's not alone, as there are some 3,500 other pro eaters in South Korea and some are sponsored by restaurants. Watch her gorge below!
4Hair: Woman Sells Hair Online for $4000
Hippies looking to make a buck might want to take a look at Hairwork.com, which claims to be the first US-based website for selling hair. One woman, Debra Yerga, sold 31 inches of her goldie locks for 4 grand. Natural human hair is popular for wigs and Hairwork.com was just the first of many sites offering buyers and sellers a chance to trade locks for bucks. If you've got long hair, or would like some mailed to you for whatever reason, this may be the place to satisfy that need.
5Face: Kids Rented Out Their Face Space To Pay Debts
6“Naughty Bits”: Selling Used Panties
7Torso: Man Wears a New T-Shirt Every Day, Makes $500,000 Per Year
Iwearyourshirt.com is currently “in relaunch” but if you'd like to be a part of his lucrative t-shirt wearing clan, you can fill out the form here.
8Soul: Man Sells Himself to Investors for $1 a Share
This is a bargain even Satan himself might approve: in 2008, Mike Merrill divided his “soul” into 100,000 shares and sold them for $1 each. He gave people voting rights about all the personal decisions of his life, including whether he should invest in a Rwandan chicken farmer (“yes”) or get a vasectomy ("no”). Of course living by popular opinion of shareholders may be OK for a corporation, but for an actual human being it can be difficult and eventually his girlfriend Willow, who was also a major shareholder, divested and broke up with him. Shares in KMikeyM are still available as we speak (currently priced around $5) and you can participate in all his life's decisions, too in his experiment he calls “Community Through Capitalism.”
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