The economic crisis in Venezuela has reached farcical proportions. Here, it is not cash but toilet paper that is king. A recession plus ever soaring inflation has triggered a toilet paper shortage, making a one-ply swatch more valuable than a bolivar note. (Buying toilet paper in bulk on the black market can even land citizens in jail.) On top of that, at $150 a carton, eggs now cost a thousand times more than a gallon of oil, which is only a few U.S. cents because of government price controls. This has turned doctors, dentists, and teachers into smugglers. With their salaries depreciating by the day, Venezuelans can sell price-controlled goods to neighboring Colombia for dramatic profits and earn in the more stable peso. At 275 percent inflation, Venezuela has yet to surpass the record-breaking rate of 438 percent during the Latin American debt crisis of the '80s and '90s. But there is still time, of course, with economists predicting inflation to hit 500 percent in Venezuela by the end of this year.