To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . Earlier this week, I got attacked by penguins. Not real ones, mind you. These were Pudgy Penguins — a flock of Twitter accounts with cartoon penguins as their avatars, which descended on me with messages like "Welcome to club pengu!" and "Enjoy the huddle!" As the replies flooded past, I saw penguins with sunglasses and penguins wearing sombreros, penguins with bow ties and penguins with mohawks. Dozens of penguins became hundreds; soon, my mentions were overflowing with bulbous and beaked interlopers, all congratulating me on joining them. What had I done to deserve this welcome wagon? Well, a few minutes earlier, I'd acquired my very own Pudgy Penguins, marking me as an owner of one of the internet's strangest new status symbols. For months now, the crypto-obsessed have been buzzing about the rise of "community NFTs," or nonfungible tokens, a kind of digital collectible that combines the get-rich-quick appeal of cryptocurrency with the exclusivity of a country club membership. If you know anything about NFTs, you probably know that they are one-of-a-kind digital objects — cryptographic tokens, hosted on the Ethereum… Read full this story
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