OPEN MEMO TO NEWS ORGANIZATIONS: As an unofficial spokesperson for the Super-villain Community, I would like to respectfully request that you use the term pyramid scheme when reporting on the Bernie Madoff financial fraud story. The term you’re using — Ponzi scheme — is too cute-sounding. It sounds like the kind of fraud a muppet would commit… the kind that would result in the loss of millions of dollars worth of ping-pong balls or whoppee cushions or something.

Pyramid scheme. That is all.