Economic Humor: Cars and Compost

by Elaine Schwartz    •    Mar 24, 2013    •    866 Views

Conveying their special type of economic humor, the Onion has done a series called Onion Talks. They sound like TED talks, they look like TED talks but they are not really TED talks. Describing the series, its head writer Sam West said it would resemble TED, “only instead of a good idea it would be a ludicrous one.”

Tag lines?

  • For TED it is “Ideas worth spreading.”
  • For the Onion, “No mind will be left unchanged.”


For example, as a counterpoint to a TED talk in which the merits of silence are demonstrated through  Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Onion talks speaker pontificates about the power of loudness.

The best one that I watched (below) is, “Compost-Fueled Cars: Wouldn’t That Be Great?”

Our economic bottom line: Enjoy! It is worth the opportunity cost.

Sources and Resources: This New Yorker article tells more about Onion Talks and here is the series on YouTube.


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