1426: Reduce Your Payments
|Reduce Your Payments|
Title text: I tried oxidizing them, but your bank uses some really weird paper and it wouldn't light.
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In this comic Black Hat walks into a room where Cueball is sitting in an armchair. Blackhat says to Cueball that he can reduce his mortgage bills, while holding a docket of paper presumably Cueball's bill. Black Hat uses the same formulation many internet advertisements use: "Discover this (strange/new/amazing...) trick to (lose weight/reduce your mortgage bills/meet amazing women)" to gather clicks. Cueball wants to know how and Blackhat responses by mentioning sodium borohydride (NaBH4). Cueball then says I hate you. Now to reduce mortgage payments is something high on many people's minds but as with Blackhat's personality his method is rather unorthodox. Sodium borohydride is a strong reducing agent. A reducing agent is a chemical that donates electrons to another chemical (in inorganic chemistry). When a chemical is reduced another one has to become oxidized. The title text implies that Blackhat has attempt to oxidize the paper mortgage bill in the chemical sense by burning it (reacting it with atmospheric oxygen) but the paper would not light.
[Cueball siting on sofa Blackhat walks into frame from behind]
Blackhat: I discovered this weird trick for reducing your mortgage payments!
Blackhat: Sodium Borohydride.
Cueball: ...I hate you.
I tried to oxidize them, but your bank uses some really weird paper and it wouldn't light.
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