Friday, January 16, 2009

Economists and Garbage - Link to article by Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics)

Steven D. Levitt is the author of the opinion blog in the New York Times, Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything. He is known for his unusual sense of "humor" as well as pushing the limits from time-to-time. Levitt's recent post, "What Do Economists Have in Common with Garbage?" asks readers to respond to this question.

"And to compare economists to garbage, well that obviously means that I think all economists are garbage, including myself. " -Steven D. Levitt

For a humorous spin on the current economic crisis, read the the comments to Levitt's post.

Note: I do not intend to mock economists. I'm sharing these quotes because they fit the theme of the title of this blog.

Here are a few quotes:

"Both produce a Gross Domestic Product." -George

"Garbage creates micro-parasites. Economists create macro-parasites. Unchecked, both lead to epidemic catastrophes." -jbharshaw

"You do
n’t really notice them until things start to stink." Cara

"Each one points to a stinky 2009." - Mitch

"You can learn a lot from both, if you take the time to look." -Chad Bergeron


If you are a bit tired of economic doom and gloom, take a look one of my earlier blog posts with links to economic jokes and quotes.

Update: Also see my post with links to Williambanzai7's humorous lyrics about the economic crisis, set to tunes of popular songs - "Time-line of Songs about the Economic Crisis (some humorous).

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