The biggest bank in Russia, Sberbank, has started lending out cats.
Actual live cats.
Basically, if you take out a mortgage, they’ll lend you a cat because apparently Russian lore says letting a cat walk through your house before you move in is good luck.
You’ve even got your choice of ten breeds including tabbies, Siamese, and, reports Bloomberg Businessweek, an exotic hairless cat resembling a sphinx.
Regrettably, Hello Kitty was not on the list.
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