OIP: Why do you think big puffy coats are the trend?
Self: Um, I don't know...fashion?
OIP: No, it's because they're stuffed with cheap polyester so that clothing companies don't have to pay more to use real materials that actually keep a person warm, like wool.
Friend of mine: I'm so relieved that I'm done with those taxes.
OIP: Did you pay the higher or the lower amount?
FoM: I went to talk to the tax authority and they said I only owed the lower amount.
OIP: Pay the higher amount. They always say the lower amount and then notify you seven years later that you've been running up interest the whole time on the amount you didn't pay.
Self: Well it sure is great that everyone recycles so much here!
OIP: Of course we do, otherwise we get fined. That way the city forces all of us to divide the valuable from the non-valuable trash for them for free, and then forces us to pay them so that they can sell it to companies who make horrible polyester clothing out of it. So the city and the companies make a tidy profit, and we do the work and pay them for the privilege!
Self: IS NOTHING SACRED?!