Marco Rubio accused Donald Trump of starting a "fake university" at the Feb. 25 GOP debate in Houston. Here's what you need to know about Trump University. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

There are many reasons that "Trump University" -- the decade-old real estate seminars that are now the subject of a fraud lawsuit -- is remarkable. Among them is how squarely the effort existed in the moment: A guide to Making It Rich in the pre-recession real estate scene advertised with a super corny web presence.

The website for the "school," which is now offline, included a section called Ask Mr. Trump, in which people submitted questions to the eponymous expert and got some business advice. So, someone like Cathy B. from Vancouver writes in to ask about the best books Trump has read, and Trump replies, "The Bible and 'The Art of the Deal,'" just as he does on the campaign trail. Oh, oops. No. He said "The Power of Positive Thinking." Weird.


The nice thing about the advice column is that -- unlike posing for a cardboard cutout of Trump as "university" attendees were invited to do -- the advice was free. Also, that the lessons contained in Trump's responses were often applicable to far more than just the boring-old world of real estate.

To demonstrate that, we made this tool, which allows you to ask whatever question you want and have it answered by Mr. Trump himself. (All of the quotes are taken directly from Trump's Trump U. advice column.) Will you get sound advice for your career or love life? Sure, why not. Weirder things have happened!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to a reporter's question Friday Feb. 26, saying he could settle a lawsuit pertaining to a "university" with his name, but that he does not want to settle. (Reuters)