“It’s all a beer-amid scheme…”

Pete Bevin brings the magnitude of the stock market woes to the local pub:

If you bought $1,000 worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.
If you bought $1,000 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drank all the beer, and traded in the cans for a nickel deposit, you would have $79.