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Dave Barry's Money Secrets - Part I
"Dave is my favorite humor writer. When I read this book I found out how little I really knew about my personal finances. See how much you know."
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What is the subtitle of this book?
How to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.
Like: Why is there a giant eyeball on the dollar?
But I'll tell you anyway.
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and write a book to make money.
Why does Dave say you need to read this book?
What else have you got to do?
You don't have to attend a seminar.
It helped Dave, so it will help you.
Chances are, when it comes to finances, you are a complete moron.
By 9000 B.C., the most commonly accepted form of money was cattle. What does Dave say was the worst thing about this system?
Your money could die.
The cash registers were disgusting.
Your money could run away from you.
You could get gored by the larger denominations.
One-third of our Gross National Product is sent to the government each year in the form of taxes. According to Dave, what is the express purpose of sending them this money?
To be wasted.
Provide for the welfare of our fellow countrymen.
Provide and maintain infrastructure for our country.
Pay all the government employees.
Miscellaneous expenses are the biggest area of personal financial concern, cash-flow wise. Where does Dave say is a good place to cut back on these?
Unnecessary trips to the mini-mart.
Every day there are stories in the media about large companies losing huge sums of money. According to Dave, what is one important fact these stories teach us?
World events can negatively affect businesses.
The business world is tough.
Executives of these companies do not necessarily know how to run a company better than you or a reasonably bright Labrador Retriever.
There are down cycles in business.
What does Dave cite as an example of a major corporation doing something that appeared to be clinically insane?
Whoever made Fresca.
Newspapers trying to gain new subscribers by promoting their web sites.
ABC airing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" twenty times per week.
GM making the Pontiac Aztek.
Why does Dave say that corporate CEOs should be cautious in the running of their companies?
Because the authorities, in recent years, have become quite picky about enforcing rules that prohibit lying and stealing vast quantities of money.
Because the marketplace can be very volatile.
To get the best returns for the stockholders.
To avoid getting canned and having to get a real job.
According to Dave, how does medical insurance work?
After the deductible is satisfied, it pays everything.
It will pay everything, no questions asked.
You or your employer sends money to the insurance company every month. When you need treatment you notify the company. They then notify you that your treatment is only partially covered, or not at all.
According to Dave, what is a little known side effect of smoking?
Being eaten by wolves.
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Compiled May 25 13