The following is a true story told to me by my father. In my fathers neighborhood there was a guy who he thought would stop at nothing to make money during the depression. It was said this man would fish out used rubbers at the sewer plant. He would then wash them and place them on broom poles to dry them out . When dry he would package them up and sell them.
On a related note how do you recycle a condom?
A few saying during the 30’s went as follows:
Times are bad and we have to jack off the dog to feed the cat
Need a job? – The fellow would say YES YES!! And the trickster would reply They have jobs down at krogers picking fly shit out black pepper
Or alternatively the trickster would reply Down at the bakery stick your ass out the window yell double loaf
Tires for your car were hard enough to come by that tricksters would go to where there was a cliff by a road and place a tire on a rope next to the road. When a person would stop to pick up the tire they would reel it in and laugh.
Milk was delivered on the porch of houses in that era. Sometimes there would be milk thieves. People would put crotan oil in it and you almost immediately start crapping. If you drank the milk on the spot at the victims porch there would be a trail of crap back to your house.
So when people bandy about the idea we might be in or be going into an economic depression remember one thing. It has to get much much worse before that is true.