The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on currency as art, a murder-solving lunch club, travel journalism and more.

How Cinnamon Works

In another commodities edition of SYSK, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of cinnamon, once the world's most prized and pricey spice. But did you know it was really just dried up tree bark?

How Kickstarter Works

With billions of dollars raised, Kickstarter has singled itself out as the go-to site for creative crowdfunding. But not without some controversy along the way. Learn all about how this artistic business model operates in today's episode.

How Currency Works

Even if you entirely eschew the concept of money, we'll bet you'd be hard pressed not to trade in some form of currency. Learn how everything from cows to cacao beans to tiny shells from Maldives have served as currency at some time or another.

College majors and how they pay

Here is everything we've released this week, wrapped up into one neat blog post. We hope you enjoy it.

How much money is in the world?

There are few things more futile than trying to count all of the money in the world. Even many governments have no idea how much currency they have issued. But that won't stop Chuck and Josh from trying and explaining why we can't be sure how much money exists and the problems with flooding the world markets with bread.

Hello there, folks. Hope everyone had a good enough week in your neck of the galaxy. This week was a little different because Joshers is in Japan. That means no recording and a little extra time on my hands, which I've spent playing around with you kooks on Facebook. Who knew how much fun it would be swapping stories and such?

A new poll was released this week by Reader's Digest (I know) that revealed the major causes of stress for people in 16 different countries. The majority of the folks listed money, which I'm assuming means a lack thereof. I doubt if the stress came from having so much money that you couldn't find a place to store it. Malaysia led the way in money stress, with 58 percent of those surveyed listing it as their number one. China and Singapore tied for second place at 55 percent, and the U.S. of A. was third with 48 percent listing money as their main stressor. Russia, France and Italy were at the bottom for money stress at 15, 18 and 19 percent, respectively.