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A cardboard arcade, a dramatic surprise on a quiet square and other gems on the internet this week

50 Amazing Numbers About Today's Economy; Can Coffee Kick-Start an Economy?; Amazing cardboard arcade makes kid a star; A dramatic surprise on a quiet square; Dear Facebook: Here’s How to Not Screw Up Instagram

April 13, 2012 3:21 by



Did you know acording to Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill, China’s growth creates the equivalent of a new Greece every 90 days and with a drop in jobs came a surge in grad-school aspirations. The number of people taking the LSAT (law school entrance) exam surged 20% from 2008 to 2009. For more interesting facts about the economy, check out this list.
When he set out to wedge his coffee onto supermarket shelves in England and America, Andrew Rugasira didn’t start by making phone calls from his home in Kampala, Uganda. He didn’t begin by sending e-mails. The distance seemed too great for that. At one end of his business were farmers who, until he came along, thought their beans were purchased and carried off to make gunpowder. At the other were buyers at the corporate headquarters of chains like Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart. If he was going to succeed, he felt he would have to do it physically; it was as if he believed he could stretch himself to span the divide between the two worlds. So he got on a plane to London, without trying any advance contact.
Nine-year-old Caine has built an entire arcade in his dad’s shop. By hand. By himself. Using nothing more than cardboard boxes, masking tape, leftover parts and pieces you wouldn’t pay more than a nickel to purchase, and that remarkable imagination of his.
Kipp’s fascinated with this marketing ploy for the launch of TV channel TNT in Belgium. A big red push button was placed in the middle of a sleepy square with a sign with the text “Push to add drama”. If you watch one video all week, look at this one. We promise you, it will be worth it.
Harry Mccracken is a big fan of Instagram. In this piece he says: “Instagram is so good in part because it’s so different from Facebook; I want to see it stay true to its own existing personality rather than start to reflect the world according to Mark Zuckerberg.”


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