The sober British financial journal the Economist threw probity to the wind today to announce the launch of Econoland—a public entertainment complex "that combines the magic of a theme park with the excitement of macroeconomics." The park is to be built on a former toxic waste site "close to the beating heart of the City," the editors write, making it particularly convenient to laid-off traders and bankers seeking "to recapture some of the excitement they enjoyed in their professional life."
Rides will include the Currency High-Roller ("Float like a butterfly with the euro and drop like a stone with the pound!") and the Chamber of Horrors ("Tremble at the wailing of distressed debt!"). Adds a spokesman for the Economist, “Econoland will appeal to the kid in everyone, although children themselves will not be admitted.” Opening day: April 1.