A joke on the reality of GDP economics, published Sunday in China's Global Times:
Two economists are walking down the street when they pass two piles of dogshit.
The first economist tells the other, "I'll pay you $20,000 to eat one of those piles." The second one gladly complies and collects his $20,000. He then said, "I'll pay you $20,000 to eat the other pile." The first one then gets his $20,000 back.
The second economist says, "You know, I don't feel very good. We both have the same amount of money as when we started. The only difference is we've both eaten shit."
The first snaps back, "But you forgot that we have created $40,000 worth of GDP."