Leisure industry bosses were today puffing out their chests with pride and struggling to keep up with counting the dollars as The Moorview Institute in Springfield, Illinois officially became the world's hottest tourist destination.
Readers of an underground collaborative saga on satirical website theSpoof.com have overwhelmed travel agents, airlines and hotels as fans of the saga knock each other out to visit the real life setting for the Spoof saga.
Environmentalists were preparing a concerted round of protests as plans to expand Springfield airport were announced to accommodate the upsurge in visitor numbers. In fact, a whole industry has been spawned as a result of the Moorview stories, the brainchild of Jalapenoman and his cohort Bargis 'The Tripod' Tryhol, the man with the world's largest penis. Allegedly.
"I was told this morning that developers are planning to build a replica of the world's tallest building, Tripod Towers' right here in Springfield," a beaming Bargis told us.
"Aw shucks," Jalapenoman said modestly. "I was at a loose end, so I thought what the hell, and we started the ball rolling. It's good that it's so successful. Now we can trade in all those points for candy bars."
As the city of Springfield expands relentlessly, sales of nurse uniforms, clown suits, pornographic magazines featuring models with outsized hooters, stethoscopes and high powered assault rifles have really taken off.
As one voluptuous nursing staff member told us:
"We here at Moorview will haul the USA out of recession by the crotch of its pants. It's amazing what you can achieve when you put your titties to it."
More on the recovery as we get it.