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Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009, 07:20 am
Finnish economist joke

While looking up images of Banksy rats holding cameras (it's a long story) I came across the following joke in Finnish, sans translation:

K: Miten ekonomi ja ekonomisti eroavat toisistaan?
V: Samalla tavoin kuin alkoholi ja alkoholisti!

Now, my spoken Finnish is rusty and my written Finnish much worse, so I was quite proud of myself when I was able to translate it:

Q: What is the relationship between the economy and an economist?
A: The same as that between alcohol and an alcoholic!
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Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)

Marko, that joke hurts because it is true.

Economists are like psychiatrists, as long as they wear ong white coats and use big waords, mnost people don't dare admit they think they are full of shit.

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)

Humor often loses something in translation.  You had me at "rats holding cameras"... XD.   (a fav)

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re that photo, here's one of the local Banksy rat (or what's left of him) plus chipmunk: http://img29.imageshack.us/i/banksy1m.jpg/

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)

I love it!   XD

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)

I know that rat, but what's that chipmunk doing with there?

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)

Harvard's Traveling Chipettes thing.

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)

Heh, nice. I'll have to steal that one. :)

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)

Be my guest. But on rereading it (and consulting Google) I think the joke actually follows the more conventional form: "What's the difference between..." Somehow, talking about relationships just made more sense in the context.

Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)

*noddles* It does, yes. :) (And by "steal", I meant "copy to my list of jokes", BTW, nothing more.)