The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Remote Control On The Believer, Sarah Marshall provides an in-depth and moving look back at the scandal over the assault of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, ostensibly at the behest of her rival Tonya Harding, and finds much overlooked truth and nuance.

How to Give Birth to a Rabbit On The Awl, Carrie Frye discusses the infamous 18th-century, woman-birthing-rabbits hoax by Mary Toft and her family that temporarily took in the court of King George I and how it is an excellent example of how future generations view past ones.

How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground On Gizmodo, Geoff Manaugh reviews a book about the millennium's worth of corpses lying beneath London and the impact they've had on the living aboveground.

Florida Cannot Drug Test People Simply Because They're Poor On the ACLU's Blog of Rights, Jason Williamson writes about a recent court ruling that struck down the Florida law requiring residents applying for public assistance to submit to a drug test.

2014, a make or break year for legal pot On CNN, the Brookings Institution's John Hudak writes about 2014 as a pivotal year for marijuana legalization, hinging on the outcome and public perception of experiments with legalization in Colorado and Washington.

Killer robots: If no one pulls the trigger, who's to blame? In the Financial Times, David Francis writes about an argument that has embroiled roboticists and ethicists alike over whether steps should be made now to prevent weapons systems from becoming more autonomous.

"A Toast to Your Health": Getting Drunk in Colonial America On The Appendix, Kristen D Burton describes a run-in between drunken revelers and a local judge in Boston, who failed to get them to quit their practice of drinking to healths and disperse for the evening.

Dogs align their bodies along a North-South axis when they poop On io9, Lauren Davis writes about a recent study that was the first to find that dogs have an ability to sense Earth's magnetic field and use it to align with the North to poop.

Billy and Charley's Shadwell Shams On Spitalfields Life, the Gentle Author examines an overlooked bit of English history wherein a pair of illiterate metalworkers managed to pass off faked Medieval medallions for more than a decade, fooling almost all of the British archaeological establishment in the process.

Should I Take a Shot During My Race? On Outdoor Magazine's Bodywork blog, Erin Beresini thoroughly answers an important question.

Searching the Internet for Evidence of Time Travelers On Cornell University's arXiv platform, authors Robert J Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson publish a study they carried out searching for prescient knowledge across the internet as evidence of time travel.

Weed: Been There, Done That In the New York Times, columnist David Brooks provides his opinion, based on his own experience, that legalizing marijuana is tantamount to the government encouraging laziness and disengagement.

David Brooks' Polluted "Moral Ecology" On Slate, Tressie McMillan Cottom criticizes David Brooks' assertions regarding marijuana legalization as elitist and racially blind.

Mystery in Hezbollah Operative's Life and Death In the New York Times, Anne Barnard writes about the assassination of a high-ranking Hezbollah member and what his death says about the state of Syria's civil war.

"Did Your Father Touch You?" In New York Magazine, Jennifer Gonnerman writes about a case of a daughter who falsely accused her father of molesting her who, despite her recanting, has spent 15 years in prison.

Do the Hustle In the New Yorker, James Surowiecki writes about the thin, blurry and frequently nonexistent line between being successful and being a con man.

Postal Experiments On the Annals of Improbable Research, Jeff Van Buren details a series of experiments to determine the likelihood of cumbersome, smelly, awkward and unusual objects being successfully delivered through the U.S. mail.