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How to Make Money under Capitalism

 

A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.

The old guy fingered his very expensive wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel.

"I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.

«The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37.»

«And that's how you built an empire?» the boy asked.

«Heavens, no!» the man replied. «Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars.» 2

«My boy decided to go into business on a shoestring,» said George. «He's tripled his investments, but he's still not satisfied, can you believe it?»

«Why not?» asked his friend.

«He can't think of anything to do with three shoestrings.» 3

A businessman was leaving his office building and saw a little boy sitting on the curb with a dog. The boy yelled at the businessman, «Hey, how would you like to buy a dog?»

The man was intrigued by this sales approach and asked the boy, «How much do you want for your dog?»

The boy told him, «Fifty thousand dollars.»

«Fifty thousand dollars!» the man repeated in astonishment. «What special tricks does this dog do that he can earn enough money to be worth fifty thousand dollars?» the man asked the boy.

The boy replied, «Mister, this dog never made a nickel in his life. Matter of fact, count what he eats I guess you could say you lose money on him every year.»

The businessman felt this was a good time to explain economics to the young man and expounded on how an item had to produce more income than it consumed to equal a purchase price. And he ended saying that the boy might get five dollars from someone who just wanted a companion. Feeling he had imparted a very valuable lesson to the young man, the businessman went on his way.

A few weeks later, the businessman came out of his office building and the small boy was again sitting on the curb minus the dog. The man said to him, «I see you took my advise and sold the dog for five dollars.»

The boy said, «No, I got fifty thousand dollars for him.»

The businessman was completely flabbergasted. «How did you ever get fifty thousand dollars for that dog?» he asked.

«It was easy,» said the boy. «I traded him for two twenty five thousand dollar cats.»

 Слова и выражения (Vocabulary) :

 

accumulate

 собирать, накапливать

astonishment

 удивление

be worth

 стоить, равняться в цене

count

 считать

curb

 кромка тротуара

depth

 глубина, нижняя точка

empire

 империя

entire

 полный, целый

equal

 равный, эквивалентный; уравнивать

expound

 разъяснять, изъяснять

finger

 палец; трогать, перебирать пальцами

flabbergast

 поражать, изумлять, смущать

fortune

 состояние

guy

 парень

impart

 делиться (с кем

intrigue

 интриговать, заинтересовывать

item

 единица продукции

mister

 разг. господин

nickel

 никель, никелевая монета в 5 центов

polish

 полировать

purchase

 покупка

reply

 ответ; отвечать

shoestring

 шнурок для ботинок

trade

 торговля; торговать, продавать

triple

 утраивать

vest

 жилет

wool

 шерсть; шерстяной

yell

 орать, вопить

the Great Depression

 Великая депрессия

down to the last nickel

 промотаться до последней монеты

Heavens!

 Господи!

on a shoestring

 сленг «на медные деньги», задешево, без особых затрат

sales approach

 подход к торговле

matter of fact (от as a matter of fact)

 фактически, по сути

 

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