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CAVEAT VENDITOR: This is a latin term meaning "let the seller beware." It was developed as a counter to the buyer's warning, caveat emptor, and suggests that sellers too can be "taken to the cleaners" in a market transaction. While it's less important than caveat emptor to under appreciated consumers, it does surface from time to time.

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BLACK DISMALAPOD
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who believes that happy people are mentally unbalanced and delusional. Family and friends expect to see your mug shot at the post office. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time searching for a specialty store looking to buy either any book written by Isaac Asimov or a how-to book on building remote controlled airplanes. Be on the lookout for deranged pelicans. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter P, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 839223. Your preferred shopping venue is convenience stores. Your special symbol is the pound sign (#).


Is this You?

As a Black Dismalapod, you tend to be grumpy and gloomy, morose and melancholy, and often downcast and disgruntled. You don't really trust others and expect only the worst from them. You are seldom disappointed. You tend to spend a lot of time by yourself. Sadly, you recognize that you are destined to come up on the short end of any economic transaction.


This isn't me! What am I?
SELF CORRECTION, RECESSIONARY GAP

The automatic process in which the aggregate market eliminates a recessionary gap created by a short-run equilibrium that is less than full employment through decreases in wages (and other resource prices). The self-correction mechanism is triggered by short-run resource market imbalances that are closed by long-run price flexibility. The self-correction process of the aggregate market also acts to close an inflationary gap with higher wages (and other resource prices).

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The Odds On GAMBLING

I'm sure there's a great philosopher somewhere who once uttered the words, "Life's a contradiction and we're all a bunch of hypocrites." Take me for example. Just this morning I walked by Smilin' Ted's All-Comers Insurance Agency to drop off my annual shoe insurance premium (for protection against blowouts), then made a pit stop at Master Sprocket's convenience store where I plopped down five dollars on five (count 'em, five) Super Luck-O Multi-State Lottery tickets. Within a space of two blocks and twenty minutes I bought $37.56 worth of shoe insurance to avoid risk and then spent another $5 to take on some risk. Am I a walking contradiction, or what?
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Paper money used by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to the U.S. Revolutionary War, which was issued against the dictates of Britain, was designed by patriot and silversmith, Paul Revere.
"I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average."

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