• Coin collectors box with gloves, magnifying glass and a cup of coffee

    No (Solomon Islands) dollars… and no cents

    Think you deal with more currencies than anyone else? Think again.

  • Gold candles that display 80 lit

    80 is the new 20

    Age is no barrier to taking up a new interest. Ask Betty Goedhart who at 85 is the world’s oldest performing female flying trapeze artist.

  • Bunch of rupiah coins

    Dealing with the weight of debt, literally

    When a bill has to be settled does it matter how it is settled?

  • Parrot scratching head in confusion

    Giving investors the bird

    Forget AI and complex algorithms; all you need to make complex decisions is a parrot.

  • Slices of pizza hanging like garland flags

    Pizza: critical examination long overdue

    In a country with more than 75,000 pizzerias generating around US$45.1bn annually, where 13% of its citizens eat pizza on any given day, and 4% of its children eat it for breakfast, there seems cause to acknowledge the cultural impact of the baked yeasted flatbread food product. And what better way to do that than set up the US Pizza Museum.

  • Woman dressed in blue holding a glass of blue wine

    Sacré bleu!

    With the holiday season well under way, many who have already managed to spend some time in la belle France will no doubt have brought home a few bottles of their favourite red or white. For those who ventured to the southeast region of Occitanie, and the port city of Sète, did you remember the blue?

  • Two footballers, one in red kit and the other in blue kit, standing face to face with each other

    A heated debate

    The excitement of a new football (or soccer, for our North American readers) season can quickly be thrown into turmoil when things don’t proceed quite as expected.

  • Business person fallen asleep at desk during work hours

    Desk-snoozers beware

    Given the current heatwave covering much of the planet, an idea developed in Japan to stop office workers snoozing at their desks may provide welcome relief.

  • Avocado cut in half on chopping board

    ‘Avozilla’ sends millennials avo-control

    Giant avocado takes some smashing.

  • Towers of paper documents on a desk, unsorted

    Spanish civil servant hates Monday … and also Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

    Civil servant skips work for a decade.