Forget the piggy bank, kid, it's not worth it. / Photo by
The Baffler,  October 24, 2014

Daily Bafflements

Forget the piggy bank, kid, it's not worth it. / Photo by


• This is great. Pocket Money Loans, Payday Loans for Kids! From the site’s FAQ: “Q: What does APR mean? / A: It stands for Annual Percentage Rate and it’s really confusing and boring. / Q: I’m worried that getting a pocket money loan will put me in debt and I won’t be able to pay it back. A: What are you, a scaredy cat?” (Via Darren Cullen.)

• The Paris Review looks back at the 1978 newspaper strike, which shut down all three major New York papers for nearly three months, and which also inspired a beautiful and very thorough spoof by George Plimpton and his friends called Not the New York Times. (Via Jaime Fuller.)

• Wait but this one is real: an illustrated, “Detailed Guide” on WikiHow called “How to Be Different.”

• Today in Billionaires: if you are a billionaire, you know that seedy old casinos are OUT, and enormous cattle ranches are IN. (The Wall Street Journal calls the scramble for mega-ranches “a modern-day stampede.”)

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