Not much interest in this sort of thing

This actually showed up in Y!A Cars & Transportation:

Yahoo! Answers screenshot: Where is there a loan place that u do not have to pay back?

There is “unclear on the concept,” and then there’s downright opaque.


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2013 · 4:08 pm

    Oh, that’s straight-up funny. I’m surprised the poster’s name was not Homer J. Simpson. (“Us-u-ry?” “Silly me; I must have invented a word that doesn’t exist.”)

  2. Dr. Weevil »

    18 November 2013 · 6:23 pm

    I can’t find the name, but somewhere in (most likely) Herodotus there’s a story about a man who asked the Delphic Oracle whether he really had to pay back a loan if the lender couldn’t prove he owed it. Just for asking, his entire family was wiped out in a series of gruesome god-sent disasters. Not to give any divinities any ideas, I can’t honestly say that I entirely disapprove of Apollo’s action in that case.

  3. Lynn »

    18 November 2013 · 6:35 pm

    The question has been deleted. I’m disappointed. The answers might have been entertaining.

  4. CGHill »

    18 November 2013 · 6:38 pm

    About a third of the questions I post here get deleted. Wonder why?

  5. McGehee »

    19 November 2013 · 8:39 am

    Did anyone suggest China?

  6. Jack Baruth »

    19 November 2013 · 2:49 pm

    When I was working in check cashing, I discovered that there’s an entire segment of society with a fundamentally different take on economics. It isn’t necessarily “evil”, it’s just different. Money doesn’t mean to “them” what it means to “us” any more than it means to Larry Ellison what it means to us.

    They operate on the weekly cash-in-hand budget and the idea of a long-term loan repayment is, in fact, opaque to them. And a lot of that is due to buy-here-pay-here and furniture-rental stores that have made the “pay when you want it” model standard.

  7. CGHill »

    19 November 2013 · 3:15 pm

    Must be descendants, physical or spiritual, of those Brits who came up with the term “never-never” for hire purchases.

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