The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 25, 2010

Weird News: The recession is over

By Chuck Shepherd
Universal Press Syndicate

— Among the items on display in February at the Verona Luxury Fair in Verona, Italy: a hand- crafted billiards table covered in gold sheets; an armchair topped with the skin of 20 crocodiles; a 24-carat gold racing bike; a boat with a Ferrari engine; a golden coffin (with cell phone); and a diamond-studded wedding gown in pink chinchilla fur.