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March 05, 2014 AT 9:38 AM
You can't spend bitcoins on Amazon.com or to pay your mortgage. But, as the Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital currency to book a trip into space. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture. In a blog post, Tyler Winklevoss compared Branson's space endeavor and bitcoin entrepreneurs to major historical figures who changed the way the world was perceived, like Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Nicolaus Copernicus.