This past week Denmark admitted it's planning to stake a claim to the North Pole. That's because the pole has lots of oil and gas, and Denmark wants it. It's a pretty pathetic land grab, given Demark's distance from the pole. Yes, I know Denmark "owns" Greenland, but it's not like any Danes really spend any time on the frozen island. They just want the commodities they can exploit. Of course, the silliness in the region isn't limited to the Danes. The Russians also want the Pole, and in 2007 they sent a little submarine there to plant a tiny Russian flag underwater. No kidding. Canada, the US, and Norway also make tenuous claims to the region—what next? Will the Ecuadorians claim the pole is theirs? Makes about as much sense as Denmark.