Here are some one liners...
The 'Single Whip Law' of China -- It's a silver debacle again but it's mostly about centralized corruption. I talk about the corruption in the UN Oil-for-Food program.
A Fireball in Thuringia -- A meteorite and a great SciFi book related to Thuringia and a West Virginia coal mining town.
Siberia is Conquered by Dummies and Clever Cossacks -- Yermak is a Cossack deputized to conquer Siberia. He bites off more than he can chew.