While going through my daily morning ritual, I came upon the following three news articles that made me questioned how desperate the world has gotten.

First up, the “Pay What You Want” restaurant in Montreal. This story struck me as being innovative way to survive in the current economic crisis. Desperate times calls for desperate measures and this restaurateur is definitely trying something out-of-the-box in order to entice more customers. How this venture will turn out is anyone’s guess, but with the tourism industry dropping sharply in Quebec and no Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal this summer, things doesn’t look any better.

Just south of the border from our first story is a little café in New England that’s also trying something out of the norm. This topless coffee shop has raised the ire of many residents of a small central Maine town. The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop opened its doors on Monday with a sign outside that says “Over 18 only.” Another says, “No cameras, no touching, cash only.” ‘ Nuff Said.

Lastly, is a story about a sudden $1.13 billion dollar windfall for a Swedish woman that left as quickly as it came. What would you do when you discover over $1 billion dollar in your bank account one day?