The financial officer was not amused. She found a recent magazine item about derivatives to be "rude and unacceptable," and wrote to the publisher to complain.

The article in question? A Beavis and Butt-Head parody in November's issue of Derivatives Strategy in which the sultans of stupidity break into a swap dealer's computer, using one of their favorite anatomical terms as a password. Mistaking the program for a video game, "Boovis and Beethead" alter a trading model, costing their employer millions.

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