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Doh! Microfinance Guru Muhammad Yunus on The Simpsons

Muhammad Yunus

You know you’ve hit the big time when you’re on the TV show The Simpsons.

Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner who developed the anti-poverty scheme known as “microfinance” or “microcredit, ” played himself Sunday on an episode in which Lisa Simpson helps a poor friend and classmate start a bicycle repair business.

See the show “Loan-a-Lisa” here.

Lisa’s friend, Nelson Mandela Muntz, makes so much money he quits school. Oh, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is also on the show.

Zuckerberg says he favors dropping out of school to make money, at which point Bill Gates and Richard Branson (who both dropped out of college to pursue their business ventures) show up to dance or wrestle. It’s not clear. But I guess the moral of the story is not to worry about education once you’ve figured out how to make a pile.

None of it made much sense to me, actually, so I switched over to South Park to watch Mel Gibson and Mr. Hankey.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.