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March 10, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Stockpile Coronavirus fears driving stockpiles.  Governments aren’t immune & have previously hoarded:  raisins, helium & rubber (USA), maple syrup (Canada), pork (China), butter, milk & wine (EU), sugar (USA & China), cotton (China & India).  Better to devise supply-chain contingency plans, & partner with others, than try to guess what stock to pile & how…

February 18, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Scotch egg The humble Scotch egg lays out features of successful products: Simple components, well planned & properly executed (hard or soft boiled egg, enclosed in sausagemeat, rolled in breadcrumbs & fried).  Many claims to invention (Scotland, England, India, Algeria).  Enduring (from pre-18thC).  Convenient (portable snack).  Good anywhere (indoor meal, outdoor picnic).  Popular (versions worldwide). …

February 5, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Spread The great English spread: Marmite.  Invented in 1902 from spent brewer’s yeast & still made today.  Nutritious black savoury paste enjoyed on toast.  Most-confiscated item at British airports, so comes in 70g travel size since 2015, & in limited-edition versions – new sales for traditional product!  Included in soldiers’ rations in both World Wars &…

December 2, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Saving Germans squirrel away 10% of disposable income regardless of economic crises or interest rates, double that of the average European or American.  Only Swedes & Swiss save more.  In contrast, Britons save about 3%.  In 2016, their savings rate was actually negative. 1778: world’s 1st savings bank founded in Hamburg.  Most Germans view the…

November 4, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Split World economy milestone splits: 1494, 1945, 2019?  1494 Treaty of Tordesillas red vertical line divided the “New World” between Spain & Portugal.  1945 Iron Curtain divided Europe between the West & the Soviet bloc.  2019 US & China tariff war splits the world economy into 2, forcing trading partners to choose 1 or the…

September 30, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Space wars Spent satellites, or bits of them, are heading into space wars. 7,500+ satellites in orbit already, with >1,500 actively sending us data.  The ‘big enough sky for no collisions’ assumption no longer holds.  How will so many co-exist, zipping around Earth @ 17,500 mph while navigating a minefield of flotsam?  It’s getting crowded…

September 18, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Self-storage UK self-storage space doubled in 10 years to >44m sqft in 2017.  That’s 0.7 sqft for each person, the highest in Europe.  USA self-storage is 7 sqft per person, despite its homes being the world’s largest.  UK: 1,160 indoor & 345 outdoor sites, 450k customers, £750m ($930m) annual sales. We over-estimate the space we…

June 3, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

State banquet A state banquet is business entertainment, to strengthen ties with 150 guests invited for their cultural, diplomatic or economic links.  Preparations begin a year in advance.  Each dish is handmade.  Every last detail is inspected & approved by the Queen herself. Some things in business are too important to delegate Guessed the Word? …

December 7, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Santacon Santacon draws attention to mindless consumerismCacophony Society founded 1994 in San Francisco, to broaden perceptions & challenge mainstream culture, by pranks. Huge & long-lasting influence through flash mobs, urban exploring, Fight Club, Burning Man & Santacon.  Jingle tills, ho ho ho Guessed the Word?          Series 34 (5/8)     …

May 30, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Spam EU’s GDPR, meant to curb unwanted marketing, unleashed the biggest spam explosion in historyin the month spam turned 40, on 3 May.  US is world-leader in spam output (Uncle Spam!), then China & Russia.  60% of email traffic is now spam Guessed the Word?         Series 24 (1/7)            [pic:…