Vienna recently installed traffic lights that use same-sex couples to signal "walk" and "stop." It's a show of the city's acceptance and welcoming of the LGBT community, but it turns out people also pay better attention to the new lights, even if they're snapping photos.
China's getting serious about smoking — so serious it's banning smoking in schools. And it's imposing new restrictions as well. Meanwhile, in Austria, a former police officer is being compared to Robin Hood after he stole but said he planned to give it to the poor. Plus Denmark and Sweden consider a ban on circumcisions, in today's Global Scan.
If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
In 1963, at the height of the Cold War, a hotline was set up to enable communication between the world's two biggest powers. First established by President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev, it provided a vital link between the leaders of two nations.
For Wednesday's Geo-Quiz, we take you to Vienna, in search of a famous museum. Recently, this museum featured a special exhibit featuring nude men. And, it turns out, quite a few people wanted to see the exhibit...in the nude.