"Would you be happier still owing your brother money?"
A loan agreement two brothers made in 2012 is going viral on social media because of one bullet point in the void clause.
Twitter user @AnarchyNoww (alias Judd Markowitz, a 28-year-old prospective accountant) is making waves on social media after posting a picture of a contract agreement drawn between him and his brother in 2012. Markowitz borrowed $2,000 from his brother at the end of November 2012 with his brother Ryan. The agreement (signed by a witness named Bradley Goldberg) was as follows:
I, Judd Markowitz, am borrowing $2,000 from Ryan Markowitz on 11/28/2012. I will begin repayment to him on 12/28/2018 in monthly installments of $100. The loan will accumulate no interest. Loan repayments will be waived if the following circumstances occur before or after 12/28/2018:
-Judd Markowitz loses a limb
-Ryan Markowizt wins the lottery
-The New York Jets win the Super Bowl in 2013
-The world comes to an end
-Jesus, Biggie, or Tupac comes back to life
-Rick Santorum or Donald Trump becomes President in 2016
-Judd Markowitz is the father of septupletz
-Bradley Goldberg has a doctor show like Dr. Oz called Dr. Brad
As of this moment, the tweet has been shared over 600 times (with no end to the retweets in sight!).
We reached out to Markowitz on Twitter with a couple questions:
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