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Enron

An energy company that perpetrated one of the largest accounting frauds in history. Established in its latest form in 1985 in Omaha, it moved its headquarters to Houston and provided oil, natural gas, electric, water, and bandwidth products. Its share price eventually climbed to $85 because it used what it termed "innovative" techniques, including weather futures, to build its profit. In 2001, however, it was revealed that many of its assets were either overpriced or completely fictional; losses were hidden in offshore subsidies; and most profits were fraudulent. Its share price collapsed to $0.30 and Enron filed for bankruptcy in December 2001. See also: Arthur Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco International.
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You will ask why did I worry myself with such antics: answer, because it was very dull to sit with one's hands folded, and so one began cutting capers.
If you ask why Larsan bought the cane, if he had no intention of manufacturing evidence against Darzac by means of it, the answer is quite simple.
May I ask why you wish to conquer His Majesty the Scarecrow?"
And then I began to ask why a mattress is made in two pieces.
We saw him walking to and fro in the garden while we concluded our meal, and Earnshaw said he'd go and ask why he would not dine: he thought we had grieved him some way.
It is natural to ask why? The terror attack on the mosques killed at least 50 and injured 50 more in a hate filled tragedy in New Zealand.
PESHAWAR -- A man allegedly shot dead his father-in-law who had come to ask why he was torturing his daughter.
The court is doing what it is doing, but I want to ask why the case is constantly being deferred.
Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN) interjected to ask why Pua appeared to have the authority to make such public comments, but Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof directed the former to keep to the topic at hand.
When asked why she loved her husband so much, Annie revealed that she was yet to really understand how or why, but added that 'love does not ask why most times.'
When a panicked Tony Blair rang me to ask why I punched the guy, I replied "you told us to connect with the electorate, so I did!" What you don't know is that my visit the next day had to be cancelled.
Les did ask why we have to put up with cylindrical shaped sausages (Birmingham Mail Talkback, November 23, 2017).