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Guy Finds the Best Money Saving Method Ever

--男子钞票留言“请归还”赚钱

难度: 六级  |  词数: 412  |  更新日期: 2013-12-18  |  文章来源: odditycentral.com  |  作者: Oana B.
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Many people have tried to make money in less conventional ways, but most of them failed, or worse, ended up committing fraud. Gary, on the other hand, is just a nice man who found a legal and incredibly ingenious way of making money.

The 60-year-old Phoenix retiree uses a simple and unique way of making money literally return to his pocket: he hand-writes the following message on every dollar bill he uses: "Please return this bill to me, I am very poor" followed by his home address. To make sure his message is noticeable enough, he writes everything with a red marker. Oh, and in case you're wondering, what he's doing is not illegal because the bills, though marked with his hand writing, are still usable and are not used for criminal purposes. Gary is simply asking people for money without forcing them in any way. Surprisingly, his money-saving method turned out to be a very successful one: more and more people are sending back his bills, so he keeps putting more money into circulation. To maximize his chances of actually getting his money back, Gary mainly spends $1 bills, because people are more likely to part with those than with $10, $20 or larger bills. His system is pretty profitable, considering it doesn't really take much effort on his part. Every day, the guy receives about $2, which makes an average of $60 per month, but thanks to generous people who sometimes put a financial bonus in the envelopes they send, he can make close to $100 a month.

Gary doesn't receive his marked dollar bills from the US alone, as you might expect, but also from people in far-away countries the Netherlands or Australia. I imagine sending an envelope to Phoenix from the Land Down Under costs more than the bill found in it, but I guess some people just can't help being generous Gary is not ashamed of what he's doing because he expects people to take it as a joke and play along. "The only time I feel guilty is when somebody takes me seriously," he says. Moreover, he claims that he's not getting rich through this method, but that he manages to pay his bills and, most importantly, make people laugh.

Besides the very gesture of sending Gary the bills, some people use letters to show him their appreciation for his innovative way of saving money. In fact, one sender wrote: "this is ingenious, why didn't I think of that?".

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词组意思:

  • or worse 更糟糕的是
  • end up 最终成为, 以...告终
  • on the other hand 另一方面
  • return to... 1) 回到..., 返回到... 2) 恢复到...
  • the following 下列, 下述, 如下
  • make sure 1) 确保 2) 核实, 查明, 弄清楚
  • in case 以防万一; 万一:
  • hand writing 1) 书法,笔迹 2) 书写,手写
  • ask sb for sth 1) 向...要... 2) 问(某人)关于...
  • in any way 1) 以任何方式,在任何情况下 2) (not...in any way) 无论如何, 不管怎样
  • turn out to be 结果是, 结果证明是, 结果原来是
  • more and more 越来越(多)
  • keep doing sth 继续做某事, 重复做某事, 不断做某事
  • put...into... 把...放进...
  • get...back 重新得到, 取回, 找回
  • be likely to do sth (很)可能...
  • part with 放弃,出让
  • thanks to 由于;幸亏
  • close to 接近,几乎,差不多
  • but also 而且
  • send...to... 1) 寄...给... 2) 把...送到...
  • Land Down Under 南方大陆(澳大利亚)
  • more than 超过, 不只
  • can not help doing sth 禁不住...
  • be ashamed of... 对...感到羞愧
  • play along 假意顺从, 假装合作, 假意参与
  • manage to do sth 设法...
  • in fact 实际上
  • think of... 1) 考虑(做某事), 打算(做某事) 2) 想,想到,想起,想像

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