aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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A junior Madoff? - third grader traded in non-existent cake futures

NPR had a funny story about a guy who moved to a new school where kids traded treats at lunch. But sugar was banned at his house. "People would say, 'Oh, well listen, I've just had my fill of Rice Krispies treats for two weeks in a row, straight. Why don't I have some of your Fruit Roll-Ups?' And so they would trade it all around," Bearman recalls. "And it actually is a pretty efficient system. Everyone got what they wanted. It kind of all worked out for them. It didn't work out for me at all because I was totally outside of this economy. Because my peanut butter and jelly sandwich had no currency value in this market whatsoever."

So the guy made up a cake that would be delivered by his mom the last day of school. The most fantastic cake you ever saw. And if you wanted a piece, all you had to do was give Josh something now.

Read and hear more here. A few years back, the same guy told a poignant story about his messed up family on This American Life, which you can hear here.

Back to the cake futures - can't you just see a middle grade book in that?



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