Monday, November 17, 2014
SATIRE: Paul Krugman Admits Being Poe, Quits Job
Paul Krugman Admits Being Poe, Quits Job
NYT columnist says he’s not a real economist, but he plays one in the newspaper.
Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has stepped down from his 15-year position writing for the New York Times, but not without revealing his biggest secret: he’s not really an economist.
Krugman, who coined the term “very serious people” to mock pundits who are considered respectable despite holding mistaken beliefs, penned his final column last week in which he confessed to being one of those “very serious people,” revealing that his position as an economist was merely a ruse.
In reality, he never received a Nobel Peace Prize in economics. He never taught economics at Princeton. He never even studied economics in college.
Instead, he had originally graduated Clown College with the intention of breaking out into the entertainment business, but felt that his comedic talents would be squandered working in traveling circuses and carnivals.
So upon graduation, Krugman decided to pull off what he considered to be the biggest prank of them all by passing himself off as a respectable economist while writing the most ludicrous statements.
“When I pitched this proposal to the editor, he told me it was the most asinine thing he had ever heard, and then he shoved the contract in my face and had me sign it,” Krugman said during an in-person interview.
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