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.
Spain's Real Madrid has officially signed Welsh player Gareth Bale for what may or may not be the world-record transfer fee for a soccer player. But Bale has his sights on something bigger: monetizing his own goal scoring antics.
Villagers in a tiny Spanish town carried a record number of coffins through the streets this summer. Pall bearers sweated under their heavy human loads. The humans in the coffins were sweating, too, because they're actually alive.