A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited abrothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees,*** some extra money on the side. After 14 years, the couple aredivorcing.
"Bailout" was crowned as the US word of the year, and thefinancial crisis also had implications in Russia where vodkaconsumption fell sharply and the National Alcohol Association lobbygroup in Moscow said vodka stockpiles were six times higher thanusual.
Yet there was no need for any plates at all in Bihar, one ofIndia's poorest states where authorities encouraged people to eatrats to fight rising food prices and save grain stocks. Theypraised rat meat a healthy alternative to rice.
One bank in Kazakhstan offered a diamond-encrusted credit cardfor well-heeled clients with incomes over S300,000. A jeweller inTokyo kept busy selling 13-piece tableware sets made of gold for S1million -- aimed at newly rich Chinese customers.
"Wall Street has good days and bad days," said Heather Tierneyat her Wall Street Burger Shoppe. "We wanted to have somethingspecial if you really have a good day on Wall Street."
In May, a Wall Street restaurant boasted it was selling thecostliest burger in New York, with the S175 patty made of Kobebeef, black truffles and seared foie gras.
A glance back at 2008 shows a world full of wonderful, weirdand whacky stories both before and after the financialupheaval.
"It was the best S50 we've spent in the last two years," saidinsurance broker Adam DeWitt, who smashed plates in San Diego withhis wife after his home mortgage loan was rejected.
Some of the year's top off-beat tales included a Canadabrewery that created a special tough times bitter and "Sarah'sSmash Shack" in California, which charges patrons S10 for 15minutes of pleasure pulverising dinnerware against a wall.
Whether smashing plates in San Diego to relieve frustration ordrinking "Bailout Bitter" beer in Canada sold as a "bitter ale forbitter times", people the world over kept a sense of humour in 2008despite financial woes.
A S175 hamburger, is prepared at The Wall Street Burger Shoppein New York in this file photo from May