1. Why does a salad cost more than a Big Mac? (via Flowing Data) Short answer: subsidies. Reality is somewhat more nuanced - since subsidies for soy and corn have been lumped into meat/dairy in this graph.
2. Canada: The country that pees together. They sure take their hockey seriously!
3. Economic forecasts are BS! I recall Warren Buffett once remarked "Forecasts may tell you something about the forecaster, but they tell you nothing about the future."