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Archaeologists rebury Greek artefacts

Experts have been forced to rebury archaeological finds due to the financial crisis in Greece. Without the funds to properly analyse and house the dis…

Europe Sovereign Debt Crisis: Who Owes What to Whom

If you’re as confused of the European sovereign debt crisis as the rest of us, this link is NOT going to help, but it sure will entertain you to see how these countries all owe [...]

The Quarterlife Crisis

Midlife crisis used to be for old guys, but young people today have got their own version: “quarterlife crisis.” It is hitting twenty- and thirtysomethings shortly after the enter the real world. Author Damien Barr said that a “growing number of 25-year-olds are experiencing pressures previously felt by those in their mid-forties”: “Plenty of people are [...]

Oh Noes! Gen Y Women Are Losing "Female" Skills

A secret crisis is brewing in Australia: Gen Y women are losing the traditional “female” skills such as cooking, ironing, and sewing: Only 51 per cent of women aged under 30 can cook a roast compared with 82 per cent of baby boomers.Baking lamingtons* is a dying art with 20 per cent of Gen Y capable [...]

Romania to Tax Witches

Like many countries, Romania is in a recession so it’s doing whatever it can to raise revenue. This year, the Romanian government identified a new source of heretofore untaxed profession: witches! Naturally, the witches aren’t taking this laying down: Queen witch Bratara Buzea, 63, who was imprisoned in 1977 for witchcraft under Ceausescu’s repressive regime, is furious [...]

What Hyperinflation Looks Like

Mintlife has a fascinating slideshow of various currencies that have undergone massive inflation — often during periods of war or political instability. It seems funny at first glance, until you ponder what life would really be like in a society undergoing that kind of upheaval. Anyone who has lived through a period of hyperinflation can tell [...]

Roy Lichtenstein-Inspired Houses

The room pictured above, by designer Jeffrey Miller, was inspired by the work of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Erin Williamson of Design Crisis has assembled a gallery of similar interiors. Link via Fast Company | Photo: Design Crisis

A Teacher’s Blog: The Cuban Missile Crisis

This week marks the 47th anniversary of The Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that spanned thirteen days and brought the world close to total nuclear war. It was also a valuable lesson in Presidential powers, and global negotiations. NYC teacher Mr. D. decided to have his students re-enact the crisis, with surprising results. I laid out a [...]