This week, team Plango explores the worst holiday travel gifts, predictions for international relations in 2012, what happens to Christmas lights in China, a global food map and a dangerous croissant kidnapper.
- The World’s Worst Holiday Souvenirs: among the offerings, a Silvio Berlusconi bobble head. (via The Telegraph)
- Hey, There’s Still A World To Run: in 2012, the US, France, Russia and China will all experience changes in leadership. What will this mean for international relations? (via The Economist)
- The Chinese Town That Turns Your Old Christmas Tree Lights Into Slippers: every year, 20 million pounds of discarded Christmas lights make their way to Shijao, China. What becomes of them? (via The Atlantic)
- What a Global Flavor Map Can Tell Us About How We Pair Foods: Explains the difference in flavor pairings between North American and Asian cuisines. (via NPR news)
- French Boulangerie Bandit Has a Weakness for Croissants: In Paris, police are on the hunt for a serial croissant thief. (via The LA Times)
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