April Fool: 'The Economist' Opens Theme Park

The Economist reports that it has purchased real estate and is opening an amusement park called "Econoland." It will combine a theme park with the joys of macroeconomics. Among the attractions: the currency high-roller, and fiscal fantasyland. The magazine says the park opens April 1.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business comes from the city where world leaders are meeting this week to fix the economy. London is also home to the magazine The Economist. And in these tough times, The Economist is branching out.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

It has purchased real estate to open an amusement park it's calling Econoland. It will combine a theme park with the joys of macroeconomics.

INSKEEP: Visitors would enter the chamber of horrors and tremble at the wailing of distressed debt.

MONTAGNE: There would be a Dow Jones rollercoaster and a contest where you can test your strength against a bear market.

INSKEEP: The Economist says its new park would even have a fiscal fantasy land, where you can watch economies shrivel before your very eyes.

MONTAGNE: The company says it's hoping to attract a young and dynamic crowd to its new Econoland, including, or maybe especially, former financial sector employees.

INSKEEP: And that's the business news for April 1st on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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