Long-time readers of this journal know that I'm a fan of The Economist magazine, in large part because of their ability to be both informative and witty at the same time. (Not that I always agree with their editorial positions.) Most weeks, they have two one-page features at the front of the issue - "Politics this week" and "Business this week". But, at the end of the year, they run a double-sized issue with a number of special articles; they also substitute "The world this year" for the two weekly items.
The first protons were circulated around the Large Hadron Collider. Designed to help physicists explain the existence of mass, some feared the experiment would create a gigantic black hole. Wall Street’s collapse just a few days after the LHC was switched on was deemed a coincidence.