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"If you happen to discover a squirter marry her."

That is the tweet at present taking on Twitter, with shocked reactions within the replies and quotes tweets asking, "What on this planet is occurring?"

The tweet wasn't by chance despatched by a politician or a hacked firm's account.

RadioShack "Squirter" Tweet
RadioShack's "squirter" tweet went viral on Wednesday.
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It was tweeted by RadioShack... on goal

However why would RadioShack tweet such a factor? It is easy: RadioShack is a cryptocurrency firm now. 

Radio Shack Swap
A screenshot of the Radio Shack Swap homepage.
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That is proper. RadioShack has pivoted to the blockchain and launched its personal crypto change known as Radio Shack Swap. The corporate even has its personal token known as $RADIO, at present buying and selling at around a penny. (The crypto crash appears to have knocked it down by two-thirds of its pre-crash worth.)

If you happen to go to RadioShack's website proper now, you may see that it nonetheless does promote some digital odds-and-ends. However, entrance and middle on the principle web page is the RadioShack cryptocurrency platform.

RadioShack homepage
Radioshack's primary web site is targeted on selling its cryptocurrency platform proper now.
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With a purpose to enchantment to the libertarian-leaning crypto "degens," (crypto slang for "degenerates," which some crypto advocates discuss with themselves as) the 100-year-old electronics retailer has additionally pivoted to posting "edgy" content material on Twitter. And whereas the since-deleted "squirter" tweet could also be its largest attention-grabbing success to date, it isn't the primary time the account's gone viral because of the shock worth of seeing your dad's go-to outlet for outdated ham radio spare components slum it up on-line with some tweet-then-delete edgelord humor.

"who else excessive af rn" tweeted the @RadioShack account on June 16.

"Taking the second half of an edible after feeling nothing from the primary half is all the time a nasty concept. This chocolate bar acquired me out right here combating for my life," it posted on June 28.

RadioShack "This Guy Fucks" Tweet
Edgelord RadioShack.
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"This man fucks," @RadioShack replied to a consumer who posted a photograph of their outdated RadioShack "Battery Membership" card.

"congrats on the touchdown of your new large steel cock elon" the account despatched as a reply to Elon Musk on June 17.

RadioShack's transfer out of your grandpa's digital retailer to its present incarnation as a cryptocurrency pumper occurred after the corporate was purchased out by Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV) in 2020. This was after a tumultuous interval for the corporate, throughout which it closed a slew of shops and filed for chapter. When REV bought the corporate, RadioShack had simply 400 bodily retail places, down from its peak of seven,300.

REV is owned by Tai Lopez, who YouTubers know because the web advertising man that has lengthy crammed the platform with pre-roll video advertisements selling "get wealthy fast" schemes. Maybe his most well-known YouTube video commercial is "Right here in My Storage," which options Lopez displaying off his Lamborghini. It at present has greater than 71 million video views.

This is not Lopez's first endeavor within the crypto area. He launched his personal line of NFTs earlier this yr, which was rapidly labeled a scam by critics who claimed that Lopez "siphons out the funds" as quickly as a consumer would mint an NFT. 

If REV is profitable in its crypto imaginative and prescient for a relaunched RadioShack, maybe we'll see different corporations make the pivot, too. Over time, Lopez's REV has acquired quite a lot of legacy manufacturers, which embody Modell's Sporting Items, Dressbarn, Linens 'n Issues, and Pier1.

Wicker Basket Coin, anybody?

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