A Long Time Ago In A News Release Far, Far Away From Reality

Sometimes, payment developments in retail prompt the irresistible "Are you bloody serious?" But nowhere has that question been more mandatory than with a statement PayPal issued Thursday (June 27) that it was launching PayPal Galactic, an effort that PayPal said is supposed to "help make universal space payments a reality." These guys are struggling to make mobile payments happen in a mall in New Jersey, but they are dedicating personnel and money to try and tackle converting Neptune currency for use on Pluto? The PayPal statement, made in conjunction with the SETI Institute and the Space Tourism Society, quotes none other than astronaut Buzz Aldrin. "Whether it's paying a bill, or even helping a family member on Earth, we'll need access to money. I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime. When that happens I won't be surprised if people use PayPal Galactic for the little things and the big ones." Really, Buzz? This is how low you've stooped? You're the second person to walk on the moon, you were the lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, and you're hawking PayPal in a way that sounds less natural than a moonrock? Story

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