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A friend who works at a progressive think tank in town forwards an amusing e-mail exchange between two wonk colleagues--replete with customized graphics!

Wonk 1 writes to wonk 2:

Subject: Coke Machine

Anyone know if we can get the coke machine to accept stock certificates in addition to dollar bills? A 20 oz. coke costs one share of Citigroup.

Wonk 2 responds:

Subject: Re: Coke Machine

It really ought to accept toxic assets as well, but I think there's a mark-to-market problem there.

We're here all week, folks...

--Noam Scheiber