Improbable path to an economics book

Yoram Bauman explains (in an interview with Newsarama) how his article in the Annals of Improbable Research led, more or less, to his new book The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One: Microeconomics:

Eventually it got published in this humor journal called “The Annals of Improbable Research”.  They present the Ignoble Prize every year.

Then I didn’t think very much of it until 2004.  The Annals of Improbable Research people host a humor session at the AAAS meeting, the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  2004 it just happened to be in Seattle, so it was a big deal.  As one very small part of it, they have this one hour humor session, and since I live in Seattle, they invited me to present my paper.  I had so much fun doing that – it was my first time doing stand-up – I was like, all right, I gotta start going down to open mike night.