cryinoutloud: what can be better than living off someone else's money?[static5.businessinsider.com image 410x237]Americans must be getting happier and happier and happier, then.
Erik_Emune: Ivo Shandor: "Living off someone else's money" has been one of their cultural traditions for centuries.Danegeld is for amateurs. Sound Dues was the moneymaker for centuries. Every ship that passed from the North Sea to the Baltic had to pay up, and the enforcement mechanism was batteries of well-manned, well-laid cannon.Sneaky detail: The dues were calculated as a percentage of the value of the ships' cargo. Now, this sometimes led to captains declaring their cargo to be worth less (Dishonesty everywhere, it's to despair!), so the King instituted a new royal prerogative: That of purchasing any cargo at a price equal to the declared value. Which really cut down on the cheating.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Dues
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