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I gotta go quick this week because I got stuck in a meeting and I'm way behind, but we've got some great stuff here (including an absolute MUST READ at #10):

1) PIMCO'S Gross sees U.S. economy on road to extinction (Reuters) - Admittedly not the cheeriest read to kick things off with, but definitely worth your time.

2) Even The Savviest Finance Folk Have Never Heard Of This $17 Trillion Credit Market (Business Insider) - WSO reader shaorio tipped me off to this one. I'm not sure factoring will ever become a...well...factor on Wall Street, but this is a truly massive credit market.

3) Bloomberg Billionaires: Today’s ranking of the world’s richest people (Bloomberg) - Been meaning to point this out to you guys for awhile now. It's basically the Forbes 400 updated on an hourly basis, so...billionaire porn. Grab a box of tissue and click away.

4) Amazon to launch virtual currency (Marketplace Tech) - And why not? With the way BitCoin has taken off I think we're going to start relying on more and more virtual currencies. No surprise Amazon's leading the charge.

5) Exclusive: Google and Twitter execs form VC fund (Forbes) - What the over/under on how long it takes these guys to raise the $25 million they're opening with? My money's on under 45 seconds.

6) Federal Reserve hacked (The Guardian) - I alluded to this in a comment on my DOJ post earlier this week. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. If that's true, it looks like a malicious keystroke might be mightier than a dirty bomb.

7) 'Star Wars' spin-offs: A young Han Solo movie, and a Boba Fett film -- EXCLUSIVE (Entertainment Weekly) - Well, it's official: Disney is going to take one of the most storied film legacies in history and utterly destroy it in under a year by bringing out a new Star Wars movie every two weeks until they recoup their $4 billion. Can't wait for the Jar Jar Binks standalone trilogy.

8) 7 of the Most Sustainable Breweries Around the World (BootsnAll) - And you thought "Drink Responsibly" meant "Don't get drunk off your rocker and slam into a school bus." Nope. Hit the breweries on your travels, it's critical for Mother Earth.

9) Russian Woman's Boyfriend's Name Tattooed on Face - after First Date (International Business Times) - Believe it or not, not the worst decision somebody's made in this week's Bonus Bananas. Stay tuned.

10) DeeBeeMonster Compiled My Superman Rant from Twitter the Other Night. It's a Little All Over the Place. (The Kobayashi Maru(e)) - This is the absolute MUST READ of the week for anyone who is a comic book fan. He lays out the case perfectly that our own decrepit natures are the reason we all like Batman so much, and how the world would be a much better place if Superman got more respect. Seriously, read it.

Video of the Week:

I can't even tell you how many times I've watched the following video since I first saw it. One of the things the Internet does particularly well is provide morons a platform to broadcast their stupidity, and I wholeheartedly embrace most of what comes of that. But every once in a while someone comes along who does something so stupid it defies belief (Shoenice, anyone?).

We've probably all seen a cinnamon challenge by now. It's usually dimwits filming themselves trying to choke down a tablespoon of cinnamon which, for some unknown reason, is near physically impossible. But this guy takes it to the next level. Not only does he dump a whole jar of cinnamon into his piehole, he then has his buddy hose him down with pepper spray. He literally almost has a seizure and goes into shock. God bless the Internet. Enjoy:

That's it for this week, gentlemen. Let me know what you think of this week's Bananas in the comments and have a fantastic weekend.

Comments (11)

  • Zargo's picture

    Boba Fett movie might actually be cool... But maybe that's just my childhood getting the best of me.

  • Kenny Powers's picture

    hahaha that video is great. what a fucking moron this is why i don't believe everyone should have the right to vote. i had a buddy do the cinnamon challenge once, but he was a fucking animal.

    My drinkin' problem left today, she packed up all her bags and walked away.

  • PaleBlueDot's picture

    Edmundo Braverman wrote:

    We've probably all seen a cinnamon challenge by now. It's usually dimwits filming themselves trying to choke down a tablespoon of cinnamon which, for some unknown reason, is near physically impossible. But this guy takes it to the next level. Not only does he dump a whole jar of cinnamon into his piehole, he then has his buddy hose him down with pepper spray. He literally almost has a seizure and goes into shock. God bless the Internet. Enjoy:

    Almost pulled off the Darwin Award

    ...so close

  • kraziazi's picture

    Star Wars. FML.

    Achilles was only as strong as his heel.

  • TheKing's picture

    Disney is literally shredding what little is left of Star Wars to pieces. Like vultures. The prequels were so awful, but this ought to be the killing blow to the originals. God damn.

  • barbariansatthegates's picture

    I don't mind Disney making more movies. Its not like Lucas didn't expand the universe with books, cartoons, and games. I love the Star Wars universe, and if they make 8 or more, one of them is going to be good. Anything is better than lego animation. Essentially, the 4 billion had to come from somewhere. Why not a movie instead of Darth bobble-heads.

    PE is the new black.

  • Unforseen's picture

    RE: Star Wars Movies, they should make a Jango Fett movie, not a Boba Fett one

  • RepThyBananas's picture

    Dear lord that guy tasted the pepper spray with his eyeballs.

    Rarely will any of my posts have enough forethought/structure to be taken seriously.

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  • RepThyBananas's picture

    Rarely will any of my posts have enough forethought/structure to be taken seriously.

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    adapt or die wrote:
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