TANSTAAFL

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. (Read the full article)

"I've heard it was originally put forth in the days of the great depression, but I think Heinlein was the first to actually document it."
(Dana Cline 4/12/2005 10:53:54 AM )
"The "true" origin of the term TANSTAAFL: Near the end of prohibition, in NYC, a city ordinance was created which permitted the sale of alcohol as long as food was also sold. This permitted many speak-easys to become legit. They simply placed a mouldy sandwich on a plate at the end of the bar, and hung a sign over it: "Free Lunch" The phrase "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" thus was born - Robert Heinlein grew up during this period - and later folded the term into "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". He did not originate it - but he CERTAINLY did popularize it!"
(Jim Dean 4/26/2005 5:05:38 PM )
"Sounds plausible Jim, but can you cite any contemporary source where this phrase appears? A newspaper article from the period for example?"
(Texas Pete 10/25/2010 10:54:15 AM )
"Here's a reference: 'TANSTAAFL: a plan for a new economic world order.' Dos Utt, Pierre (1949). Cairo Publications, Canton, OH. As early as 1934 NY mayor Fiorello La Guardia said " finita la cuccagna!", meaning "No more free lunch";"
(Bill Christensen 10/25/2010 12:04:17 PM )

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