As I’ve written before, I get curious whenever someone offers a “great opportunity” for shakes, vitamins, candles, or dishware. Usually, it means they’ve joined a direct-selling company (aka MLM, or multi-level marketing)–the kind that recruits buyers and sellers through friendship networks, bringing the economy right. . .
Last year, I covered WeAreThe99Percent, a blog where people held up signs to express dissatisfaction with life in America during the recession. So it’s been interesting to see the patamushta (патамушта) meme arise in similar ways. When I first saw Hyperbole and a Half redone in Russian, I didn’t get the punchline:. . .