This quote from the Guardian may displace Sad Guys on Trading Floors as my favorite cultural artifact of the crisis…

[Icelander] Palme Vidar, with the wisdom of 73 years, is equally ruminative. “This is a small country,” he says. “We have always swung, between feast and famine. There have been terrible times before, too, when the sheep bubble burst and the herring fleet failed. We always hang on. And you know, we were not going in a good direction. When I was a boy, if you went to the harbour to fish and you got wet, you could not fish again until the next day, because you had only one pair of trousers. Today people have too many trousers.”

If you can survive both a sheep bubble (what a concept), and your herring fleet failing… AND to top it off, dealing with too many trousers– well, you can get through anything.