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Winter 2012 Lecture 07

Winter 2012 Lecture 07 - When we lived in caves There were...

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This for That School House Rock When we lived in caves There were no shopping malls And people's manners were Neanderthal No bodegas, no delis, no corner stores Shopping trips turned into tugs of war When not having pull got this man mangled He thought he'd try an easier angle I'll give you this for that That for this We'll make a trade called "barter" I'll give you this for that That for this We'll have it made with barter Now, barter worked well At least in theory But a wallet full of yaks Could make you weary Making change for a cow Wasn't easy to master Unless you were ready For an "udder" disaster Shiny shells were far more portable Why not use them for what's affordable? I'll give you this for that That for this With shiny shells, why barter? I'll give you this for that That for this Shelling out shells is smarter For farmers in ancient Mesopotamia The barley they grew was the money mania When hauling big sacks put their backs in traction They invented coins to lighten transactions Now, when a man had a debt to settle He'd dig out some coins made of precious metal I'll give you this for that That for this Silver or gold or copper I'll give you this for that That for this With coins you're a smarter shopper Then China made money even more desirous Printing it on paper made of crushed papyrus Take one from Column A and one from Column B
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