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I got this content in an email forward. Thought I would share the same here.

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for Rs10. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at Rs10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at Rs20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer rate increased to Rs25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it! The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at Rs50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at Rs35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for Rs50.’

The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys.Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!! !

Welcome to the ‘Stock’ Market!

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If you purchased $1,000 of Delta Airlines stock 1 year ago, you would have $49 today.

If you purchased $1,000 of AIG stock 1 year ago, you would have $33 today.

If you purchased $1,000 of Lehman Brothers stock 1 year ago, you would have $0.0 today.

But, if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer 1 year ago, drank all the beer, returned the aluminum cans for a recycling refund, you would have $214.

Disclaimer: Investments are subject to market (and now, health) risks. Please considered this as a pure email forward!

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Which do you think is, today, the highest selling phone in the US market. Lets have a guess on this one!

Make your answers in the comments.

Edit: The question is about “today” and not about all time numbers (limited to the US market only)

Edit 2: Some of you have got the answer correct. It is surprisingly still Motorola Razr V3. Read the article for more.

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Financial quote

A great quote on the current financial conditions, courtesy a foward by Priya Khanna:

There are two sides of a balance sheet: Left (Liabilities) and Right (Assets). These days, on the left, there is nothing right, on the right, there is nothing left

Cheers!

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The other day, I was reading an article on Rediff about Tata’s pullout from Singur. Generally, the discussion board below each article consists of a lot of angry exchanges (people venting their frustration), but I happened to fine an very amusing oneliner:

NANO is now TINO.

The explanation given was TINO implies There Is No Option. Well, there was no option but to pullout. But, now after the pullout, there are actually lots of options. Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka, Orissa, all making offers. Yesterday, Tata Officials  even met Yedurappa, the Karnataka CM.

Where will Nano eventually rollout from is quite unknown at this stage, but NANO is definitely not TINO. Come to think of it what even happened to TINY.

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Fun read

Yesterday Vivek pointed out a spelling error in my second name. Tinwala was Tiwnala in my profile. Amazingly, I never realized. It made me ponder on the reason, and immediately the following came to my mind.

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Utetrly, azaming!

Even, Firefox (spell check) does not show me the red lines. Is it so intelligent or it just gave up on me?

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Paper folding problem

Do you think like a MBA student? Well, why don’t we check it!

Try to solve this classic problem. You may post your answers in the comments.

“If you took a single piece of paper and folded it in half, folded it in half again, and kept on folding it in half a total of thirty-two times, how thick would the sheet be?”

Assume a single sheet of paper to be .004 inches thick (0.01016 centimeters).

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