Buying shares in Twitter? See this first….

Back in 1955, the Phil Silvers Show was the biggest TV show in town featuring the “get rich quick” scams dreamt up by Sgt Bilko in a US army base in the wilds of Kansas.

Some of the plot lines resonate well today – if you’re thinking of buying shares in the like of Twitter which has never made a profit, then you need to take a look at this – here’s the plot synopsis – familiar eh?

So Caveat Emptor – and we’re not saying that there’s anything dishonest about Twitter either!


Sgt. Ernie Bilko needs to raise money quickly in order to play in the big poker game and thinks that getting it from the new recruits will do the trick. When Bilko can’t find a way back into the poker game, he rents an empty store and gets the three winning sergeants to belive it’s an investment opportunity in “The Empty Store.”

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