Laugher Curve

Practitioners of the dismal science are not generally known for humor.

Enter laughing Pasi Kuoppamaki, a mild-mannered Helsinki economist whose specialty is delving into the effects of global warming on Finland's industries. Not a lot of chuckles, right? But Kuoppamaki, 25, is earning a reputation in cyberspace as the king of economics comedy--admittedly not a title for which there is intense competition. He hasn't made it to the Letterman show yet, but his Jokes about Economists and Economics page, available on the Internet's World Wide Web, is rapidly gaining a worldwide following.

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