If you’ve ever given up something and regretted it, you can probably relate to James Howell.
Howell, who bought 7,500 bitcoins in 2009 and was worth little compared to the prices that followed, took his computer apart and put the hard disk in a drawer when he spilled a drink on the machine. I woke up. Three years later, when I was packing to move, I found the hard drive, forgot it had Bitcoins in it, and promptly threw it in the trash.
But when the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed to $1,000, Howell remembered the coin. After checking the backup files to no avail, he contacted the owner of the landfill where the hard disk might have been taken, hoping to find the coin there. Unfortunately, however, the manager of the location told Howell that the hard disk could be buried five feet deep and would be nearly impossible to find, much to Howell’s disappointment. It was.