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Which countries have the soundest banks?

World bank ratings of the most secure banking systems by country Canada has the world's soundest banking system, closely followed by Sweden, Luxembourg and Australia, a survey by the World Economic Forum has found as financial crisis and bank failures shake world markets But Britain, which once ranked in the top five, has slipped to 44th place behind El Salvador and Peru, after a 50 billion pound $865 billion pledge this week by the government to bolster bank balance sheets The

The American economy is Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice is a brawler, a street fighter, trained in MMA, invincible and powerful He has taken on all challengers and beat them all An entire industry has built itself around this one time street bum, and he wowed everyone with his fighting prowess Youtube videos of his fights are popular, he beat all comers and challengers, he is great He came into this last match with an entourage and his family all expecting to see yet another Kimbo Slice win Yet in under 30 seconds he was down

People born in 1990 see the world like this...

People who are voting for the first time this year were born in 1990 Just what is their world like Below is the world view of the new voters For these students, Sammy Davis Jr, Jim Henson, Ryan White, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Krueger have always been dead 1Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team 2Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties 3They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego 4GPS satel

Foreclosed Californian homes getting cleaned out by professional crews

Amazing, people are walking out of their homes and leaving their possessions behind The banks hire teams who go in and clean all the stuff out They clean out 15 homes a day! What happens to it all It gets buried in landfills Such a criminal waste of good products What is it with all the plastic plants in their house Don't tell me its considered stylish [flash=564x348]http://pcastfirecom/fcieq/video/26078/26078_2008-09-25-215549flv[/flash] Very good comments on reddit a

Ancient recipies you can make

This is fascinating, ever wonder what people ate in ancient Rome Or what Elizabethans found tasty This site has ancient recipes that you can make http://wwwceltnetorguk/recipes/ancient-recipesphp Its actually interesting how you can still read the Elizabethan English if you just look at it sideways comes with modern translation To Make Pyes from A Propre new booke of Cokery To make Pyes Pyes of mutton or beif must be fyne mynced & seasoned with pepper and salte

Scare the Saudi's get rid of your SUV

No kidding, the move to hybrids and economical cars has the Saudi's running scared, lets increase the fear factor The Saudis have long memories and recall how high prices can cut into consumption; it happened in the 1980s and it's happening again now Any threat to oil's leading role as a source of energy is a big worry for a country that sits on reserves of some 260 billion barrels [quote]We are concerned about the permanent destruction of demand, Those who buy hybrid vehicles are not banned its top 100 users to make more money

This is an amazing move, Diggcom just banned its top 100 contributors because they made 32% of visits to the Diggcom website It sounds like an article from the satirical website http://wwwtheonioncom but its true This is actually a brave action, to ban your best people so that the base of users increases Where will they go [quote]Over the past week, we’ve started killing off our top Diggers Let me explain: If we want to place our negotiation baseline at $300-million, we can n

Just how corrupt is your country? - latest survey

The latest Corruption Perceptions Index survey shows Denmark, New Zealand ans Sweden as the top least corrupt countries in the world will all three scoring the same Other countries are: 9 Australia and Canada 14 Germany and Norway 16 Ireland and United Kingdom 18 USA 26 Spain wherever McCain thinks that is 33 Israel 72 Mexico 147 Russia All here http://wwwtransparencyorg/news_room/in_focus/2008/cpi2008/cpi_2008_table

America banned Vegemite - Australians protest

Will we see Australian and Kiwi Vegemite runners trying to smuggle it into the States next Yet another sign of the growing police state where the American public are denied the taste of a product with the consistency of axle grease and a taste that will pucker your lips actually I really like it especially with chunky butter on toast THE US has banned Vegemite, even to the point of searching Australians for jars of the spread when they enter the country The bizarre crackdown was pro

The background to the Sarah Palin email hack.

This interesting post is allegedly written by a person close to the hacking incident of Sarah Palins emails It talks about the processes that went into the hack and the results of it It seems that the entire episode was instigated by bored people who wanted to cause trouble, rather an any political agendas Its a good read Read the end with the description of how the hack was done It was merely trying to guess the answer to the security question http://michellemalkincom/

The best places in the world to live

Top 25 cities in the world that are the best places to live in based on their quality of life Most seem to be North European cities, I wonder how culturally skewed the data is - we like the city because its the same as our culture Auckland New Zealand is at #5 and Wellington, New Zealand is at #12 Yet to people who live outside of Auckland, few would want to move there because of the poor roading This is a text version of the article including the top 50 cities in the world ht

Who else in the world has your surname?

This amazing page scours databases of world surnames to build a map of where people with the same surname live http://wwwpublicprofilerorg/worldnames/Defaultaspx I suspect some countries are not represented in the database, for example I only see Argentina showing not other South American countries Here is a list of the most common surnames in the world http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames

New Sikorsky helicopter demonstrated

Here is an interesting new helicopter from Sikorsky, pity about the quality of the image HORSEHEADS, NY, Aug 27, 2008 – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation today successfully completed the first flight of its X2 TECHNOLOGY™ Demonstrator, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes The milestone culminated more than four years of design, development and testing of the Demonstrator aircraft’s suit

Woman kicked out of New Zealand for being too fat

Fat women is unable to stay in New Zealand because she is overweight Hows that for immigration control : Is her name really "Treesize" They were planning to start a new life in a new country but Rowan Trezise, age 33, has been told by the government of New Zealand that she and her husband may have to look elsewhere for a place to live, because she is too fat to be allowed into the country Although both husband and wife were too fat for admittance when they first applied Mr Trezise

Where do Stuffucanuse visitors come from? - Feedjit stats

Check out this map from the Feedjit code that shows where the people come to the website from It only works for the index page, so not all visitors are shown, but is a fascinating statistic non the less http://feedjitcom/stats/xmbstuffucanusecom/map/
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