Do you like lists. I certainly am tempted always to look at them when I see the top ten this or that. The founder of the Huff Post when asked how she built an huge on line readership for her paper replied “lists” we filled the early publications with as many as we could find and the internet crowd started to read them in their droves. I was one, I have to admit.
It seems the DJs on Capital radio here in Italy are equally as fascinated by them and were chatting about the latest one this morning. Now my Italian is nowhere near good enough for me to understand a lively couple of DJs chattering away unless I have some idea what they are talking about and luckily I had seen the list earlier this morning. The most honest cities in the world. Wallets had been left in each city containing money but also enough information to allow the finder to easily contact the owner and return it.
So who was the most honest ?
1. Helsinki, Finland (Wallets returned: 11 out of 12)
2. Mumbai, India (Wallets returned: 9 out of 12)
3. (TIE) Budapest, Hungary (Wallets returned: 8 out of 12)
3. (TIE) New York City, U.S.A. (Wallets returned: 8 out of 12)
4. (TIE) Moscow, Russia (Wallets returned: 7 out of 12)
4. (TIE) Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Wallets returned: 7 out of 12)
5. (TIE) Berlin, Germany (Wallets returned: 6 out of 12)
5. (TIE) Ljubljana, Slovenia (Wallets returned: 6 out of 12)
6. (TIE) London, England (Wallets returned: 5 out of 12)
6. (TIE) Warsaw, Poland (Wallets returned: 5 out of 12)
7. (TIE) Bucharest, Romania (Wallets returned: 4 out of 12)
7. (TIE) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Wallets returned: 4 out of 12)
7. (TIE) Zurich, Switzerland (Wallets returned: 4 out of 12)
8. Prague, Czech Republic (Wallets returned: 3 out of 12)
9. Madrid, Spain (Wallets returned: 2 out of 12)
10. Lisbon, Portugal (Wallets returned:1 out of 12)
Out of the 192 wallets they dropped, 90 wallets were returned, or about 47%.
The Italian DJs were asking listeners what they thought might happen if an Italian city had been included. Naples came in for a little flack and nobody held out much hope for Rome. The poor Portuguese also got quite a ribbing and it moved quite quickly into a Monty Pythonesque what are the Portuguese famous for, which caused plenty of hilarity until one of them said peperincino ( red hot peppers). They bought them from Mexico and spread them around the world including Southern Italy. Food changes an Italians impression of anywhere and food that Italians use and love ( they went on and on about Puglian and Basilicatan peppers ) makes the people responsible water walkers.
It lead to another list based on the Scoville scale. The what you ask as I did? Well the Scoville scale is the measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers and starts at a low of 100 and works its way up to 2,000,000. Red pepper producing countries can therefore be listed using the scale to see who produces the hottest peppers. Puglian peppers are apparently in the level 1,000-2,500 which sees them down near Lisbon in the wallet list. Thailand is in the 50,000-100,000 level Jamaica dominates the 100,000-1,463,700 level and then Trinidad is top with a pepper called the Moruga Scorpion at 2,000000. Now that is a chilli pepper can you imagine slicing some of that on to your pasta dish as most Italians and I do each Sunday.
But let me test you by asking you to write a list of the Cargo Only Airports of the world. Give up? Well I’m not surprised there aren’t any. Except there is about to become one Grottaglie no less. Airports Puglia at a lengthy ( aren’t they always) meeting of mayors and other great and good have decided to designate the development of Grottaglie as a cargo only place. How daft can you get. The shame is they are going to spend our hard earned taxes continuing with this crazy idea. Listen guys if no one else has one why will this work. Either give up on the airport or do proper analysis and maybe close one of the others . But to waste money building access roads to the sea port and rail freight lines to the airport to move the millions of tonnes of cargo from there is just throwing good money after bad. Yes there are a few airports where freight is more important than passengers Louisville home of UPS and Memphis home of FedEx are obvious places but why would you fly freight into the heel when all the industry is in the north of the country and can anyone see Bartolini (BRT) building a massive worldwide business in air freight .
Still at least on the list of cargo only airports Puglia will be top. Hurrah.