There's an old joke that all religions can be explained using the "s**t happens" saying
. Economist and comedian Yoram Bauman has brought this idea to the economic sphere with his bit S*** Happens: The Economics Version
, which he debuted at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association back in January.
As an economist, I can attest to the fact that the jokes are spot on, but they are also a little specific for a general audience. Luckily, there is a version with a handy reference guide that explains everything. And, trust me, the Marty Weitzman joke is too good to just let it go over your head.