You read the comics in your local newspaper? (If you ask, "What's a newspaper," you are under 30... not that there is anything wrong with that.) Well, you should.
The comics are a wonderful parody of life, lest you take life too seriously. We saw ourselves in almost every Seinfeld T.V. episode which ran for an astounding nine years. ("What's T.V. and who is Seinfeld? C'mon, play along with me just for this blog post.)
|Jeremy and his best friend Hector|
"Dad, can I have twenty bucks?"
"No, but if you wash my car I'll pay you twenty."
"Okay, but the last time I washed your car it cost you fifty dollars to have the scratches buffed out."
"Good point. Here's twenty bucks to leave it alone."
"Make it thirty and I won't vacuum it, too."
Best example No. 2 (in real life):
Billie Sol Estes was a close friend of President Lyndon Johnson, our 36th president. Estes was a colorful character alleged to be involved in several crimes of fraud and deception. He did serve prison time more than once.
In 1962, information came to light that Estes had paid off four Agriculture officials for grain storage contracts in silos he did not have. He was noted (at least by comedians of the day) to probably have said (paraphrasing) "If you are going to pay a farmer not to grow corn, then you should pay me for the silos not to store it in."
And if that doesn't make some perverted sense, then I'd eat my hat... if I had one.