Welcome to “What's The Deal?” Cracked is here with a new weekly feature designed for when you give up and decide to learn what the hell everyone is talking about. This week, we've got a highly simplified briefing on Dogecoin, the investment that nerds on Twitter want you to believe is the key to hitting it big.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH: DOGECOIN Dog + Coin = ??? CRACKED.COM Just when you were starting to get enough of a grasp on Bitcoin to end any conversation at a party, suddenly there's a new internet financial darling. Here's the deal with Dogecoin.

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WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH: DOGECOIN So... Cute Bitcoin. CRACKED.COM ...Not exactly. (This is where people usually walk away.) Since Dogecoin was intended as a joke, it doesn't have some of the features intended to keep Bitcoin relevant in the long-term.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH: DOGECOIN What's The Diff? GRACKED.COM Some things that separate Dogecoin from Bitcoin: it's easier to mine, it doesn't halve, and it's not finite. Confused? The next two slides should help. And I promise not to say blockchain. Oops.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH: DOGECOIN So... Why Doge? CRACKEDed .COM Short answer? It's fun because it's very volatile. You can make (OR LOSE) a lot of $$$ quickly. Long, conspiracy theory answer? The lack of regulation and aforementioned volatility would HYPOTHETICALLY make it an excellent target for someone with a lot of money and influence to buy in bulk, manafacture demand for, and sell at huge profits, in basically a massive scheme in a space the SEC : largely ignores.
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