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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

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

 College Majors and How They Pay

College majors and how they pay See more »

 Everything We've Done This Week

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

 On the Flimsy Nature of Money

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 Podcast Goodness: Those Sneaky Counterfeiting Twins

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? See more »

 Money the Cause of Most People's Stress - Surprise!

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. See more »

 It Pays to Haggle

Hey there, folks. Josh and I have talked about haggling before in our podcast, about how pretty much anything price is negotiable if you have the guts to ask. Most people think that prices in regular stores are set in stone, that if you aren't at an open-air market or a car lot that you don't have a shot at getting a deal. Not true. Time Magazine ran an article recently that delved into the new trend of trying to haggle the prices down at some of your favorite stores. America's Research Group performed a study last October that found that 56 percent of American consumers had recently tried to negotiate a price reduction at a non-automobile retail outlet. Of those 56 percent, 50 percent were successful in gaining a price reduction. See more »

 Shot in the Gut? Pretending You're Rich Will Ease the Pain

All you wanted was a gallon of milk, but noooo, you had to end up an innocent victim in an armed robbery. The door swings to and fro on its hinges in a lessening pendulum after your assailant has made his way off into the night, ski mask still on his head, sawed-off shotgun still in hand. You noted he was just under six feet tall -- huh, those markers along the door frames really do work. Everything is still, you suspect the convenience store clerk is dead. All you hear is the buzzing of the gaudy fluorescent lights overhead. See more »

 Marijuana Tax to Save the Economy!

Some number crunchers out in California (natch) have come up with some compelling financial arguments for legalizing, and in turn taxing the crud out of the little plant the U.S. government loves to hate. An owner of two medical marijuana shops in San Francisco pays the state of California $80,000 a year in sales tax revenue. See more »

 Name Your Price Restaurant Rakes in the Dough

I came an interesting little tidbit yesterday on A cafe owner in Kettering, Ohio has a new pricing policy -- pay what you feel like the meal is worth. It sounds crazy, but his business is actually thriving with the new policy and he's in a position where he may even have to hire more employees to help meet demand. His Bulgarian wife gave him the idea based on similar practices in some European cafes. If you think that folks might take advantage and pay a penny for a $10 meal, you'll be pleased to learn that it's not going down that way. Turns out customers have a hard time looking the owner in the eye and telling him his food isn't worth much. So far he figured he's breaking even with some people paying a little more and some a little less than he'd normally charge. See more »