The market-roiling chicanery at Enron, which The Motley Fool astutely characterizes as "shredding profits" through "mark-to-market" accounting at a "batty" company - is just the beginning tale, writes Seth Jayson.

Ordinary citizens fueled the subprime mess by feeding into the real estate frenzy through adjustable-rate mortgages on home investments that, oftentimes, didn't even require any money down.

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