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.
Ernest Hemingway captures the imagination of many Americans. His summer of 1959 was well-documented in photos, but for the longest time no one knew who was in the photos, or where they were taken. Now more information has come to life, thanks to extensive research.
Most dog owners can tell you about a time they forgot to pick up after their dog -- even if it was an accident. But one Spanish town has had enough, encouraging pet owners to be responsible by boxing up their left-behinds and delivering them to the owners' homes.
Who hasn't seen it? Or, stepped in it. Officials all over the world combat this problem. With fines, with signs. But in tiny Brunete, a village outside Madrid, nothing worked. So they took drastic measures.