Unhelpful Headlines | US Road Trip| Cheeseburger Celebrations

We accept that he has a pretty stressful job, but the Governor of the Bank of England appears to have been letting off some serious steam this week, making some rather bold (if not scary) predictions. Not satisfied with predicting that Brexit could result in a 35% plunge in house prices in the first three years after a no-deal Brexit, plus spiralling unemployment, higher interest rates and booming inflation, but he then went on to predict the end of retirement at a speech in Dublin on Friday! ‘Choking on your croissant' material if ever there was! Defending his assertions, Mr Carney stated that it was not his job to hope for the best but to plan for the worst. Fair enough, but his recent prediction record is nearly as bad as West Ham’s start to the Premier League. But, giving him his due, (and something which is rarely reported) Mr Carney also believes that if there is a ‘good deal’, there could be a significant boost to the economy as pent-up demand is released. All we can do now is wait and see which of his two directly opposing predictions are right. Only 194 days to go!

The Weekly is heading Stateside this week, so it seemed sensible to check out the cities being visited. First stop is Seattle, then San Francisco, followed by Philadelphia and Charlotte. Recently, Seattle has been the hottest housing market in America, with house prices rising annually by double digit figures. But the market is now showing signs of cooling, caused by significantly less demand from Chinese buyers. According to the monthly Case-Shiller home price index, Las Vegas has now overtaken Seattle's number one spot. So, what on earth is going on in Sin City? After all, in 2008 Las Vegas was one of the poster children of the housing bust, with the average house losing more than 60% of its peak value. Today Vegas house prices are double their low-point in 2012. If that’s not a genuine reason for an over-night stop-off, then we don’t what is!

Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day. It’s kind of cute that whoever comes up with these national days thinks we need an excuse to eat cheeseburgers. But never mind! According to an obituary published by Time in 1964, Lionel Sternberger created the cheeseburger in the 1920s, when he placed cheese on top of a hamburger as an experiment. And the cheesy, meaty snack has never looked back. But did you know that each year, McDonald's serves more than five billion burgers (or seventy-five per second), which translates into a herd of twenty-five million cows? Did you know that the biggest cheeseburger ever made weighed in at 2,014 pounds? It was cooked by a Minnesota casino in 2012. It took a special oven, a crane and a special bun that had to be baked for seven hours. And finally, did you know that the most expensive cheeseburger ever sold was for a whopping (sorry) $10,000 at an auction in Dubai last year? The ‘Seven Emirates Burgerstack’ included aged cheddar, veal bacon, burger sauces, a saffron brioche bun and seven beef patties… and a free strawberry milkshake. How generous!