The problem with writing reminders for special events on napkins and hands is that napkins often get mistaken for deceased paper cranes and hands can't read. Count the days with something you can count on with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get The Economist's 2011 wall calendar, An Illustrated Look at the Year Ahead (a $21 value including shipping).
This 12”x10” wall gem is more than the keeper of 365 dates, it’s an insightful analysis of diverse global issues, people, and holidays embodied in artistic, hand-drawn collages. The cartoon-centric calendar is the devious brainchild of Kevin Kallaugher, The Economist's editorial cartoonist known as KAL, who has dazzled readers with satirical doodles since 1978. This year's cover introduces a symphony of heavy-hitting history makers, with Bob Marley on the six string, Shakespeare on the megaphone, Castro blowing harmonies through a Cuban cigar, and Obama holding up an issue of The Economist as he whistles through his nose. Whether you want to brighten an intellectually curious co-worker's day or you’re a perennial forgetter of Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, The Economist's second-annual wall calendar is an almanac of ocular opulence.
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and unflinching grasp on world issues make it required reading to stay up to date on world news, politics, and business. First published in 1843, the publication still casts itself as a newspaper despite its magazine-style layout; each issue covers the main events of the week, with analysis and opinion sprinkled across its pages for good measure. A conversational tone and anonymity remain calling cards of The Economist's writers, keeping with the belief that what is written is more important than who writes it.