Unexpectedly Intriguing!
November 22, 2013

It's the week before Thanksgiving, which means its time for consumers to gear up for the Christmas holiday shopping season that retailers began gearing up for back in June. But if the person you're shopping for works in the financial industry, or perhaps is simply some sort of strange economics wonk, that can be especially tough. After all, what can you possibly buy that would be genuinely fun for someone whose idea of fun revolves around banking or monetary policy?

We here at Political Calculations are happy to help you solve this problem! After watching Despicable Me 2 in the theaters earlier this year, it dawned on us that many of the animated characters in the movie are actually modeled after real life people. Specifically, the officials of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

For example, here's a side-by-side comparison between Minnesota Fed president Narayana Kocherlakota and the minion Dave:

Next, here's is Philly Fed chief Charles Plosser and the minion Stewart:

It gets even more uncanny. Next, we have Chicago Fed president Charles Evans and his doppleganger, the minion Tim:

Finally, what Federal Reserve action figure set would be completed without the big guy himself, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke (a.k.a. Gru):

We're pretty sure that a Janet Yellen action figure is in the works for either the Minions or Despicable Me 3 movie projects now in development.

And as far as the connection between the minions of the Despicable Me movies and the officials of the Federal Reserve, well, here it is....


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