In a recent Newsweek report, the United States was ranked as the eleventh-best country in the world, much to the chagrin of the U.S. But Americans aren't alone at the very periphery of the top ten. Here are eleven other such entities that nearly made it into the ten best of their league.
With a probable long-term hold on the position of the second-largest economy in the world and increased fears over the scope of its military, China's legitimate and perceived power is all over the news. GDP and military figures are telling, but sometimes just a picture can reveal all there is to know about international attitudes. In an intriguing welcoming ceremony for visiting heads of state, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao escorts visitors along a stretch of military honor guard. The reactions range from awkward glances to attempted indifference in the face of what could be deemed subtle intimidation.
Today brought the indication that Defense Secretary Robert Gates would retire in 2011. In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine, Gates expressed his desire to remove the burden of filling his role during an election year. With the rumor mill already buzzing, here are 10 possible candidates for the job.
Only football could have as much hype devoted to its warm-up bouts as some sports seem to have devoted to their entire seasons. Take a look at this year's gridiron battles so far, replete with enough jukes, tackles, familiar faces in new uniforms and of course, cheerleaders, to last you until the Sept. 9 kickoff game.
All of the glitz, glamor and cash in the world can't keep even celebrities from having the same superstitions as the rest of us. In light of Friday the 13th, take a look at 10 celebrity superstitions and see if your Hollywood idol needs a rabbit's foot to make it through the day.
With today's release of "The Expendables," a macho run through 1980's action films, and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," a film coated in 8-bit NES references, the age of the Reagan-era remakes continues. Take a look through 11 such recent or upcoming retreads of synthesizer-accented flicks.
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