The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The New Astrology On Aeon, Alan Jay Levinovitz convincingly compares economic modeling and forecasting to first millennium BCE Chinese astrology.

Reddit's Big Hint that the Government is Watching You Is a Missing 'Warrant Canary' On Quartz, Joon Ian Wong writes about a clever disguised warning that was recently released by Reddit to let its users know the government has required them to turn over user information.

Baphomet The Rational Wiki entry for the goat-headed demonic icon, which discusses its origin.

LSD's Impact on Brain Revealed In Groundbreaking Images In The Guardian, Ian Sample writes about a recent study that found the brain does not, in fact, look like fried eggs when under the influence of LSD.

Beauty Secrets of the Spies On The Intercept, Lee Fang writes about a skincare company whose product recently attracted an investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm.

Does Space Have a Shape? On HowStuffWorks, Jonathan Strickland writes about the puzzling qualities of the universe and theories about how it is shaped.

How an Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell On Fusion, Kashmir Hill writes about a farm that, as far as an IP address mapping company is concerned, is the center of the United States and the home to 600 million computers.

The Deranged True Story of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the Citizen Kane of Teenage Metal Wastedness On Deadspin, Dave McKenna writes about a short documentary film that was shot in 1986 in the parking lot outside a Judas Priest concert.

Actors Have Been Dying to Play the Skeletal Role of Yorick in Hamlet On Hyperallergic, Allison Meler writes about the rare tradition of donating one's skull to the theater.

Psychiana: Idaho's Mail-Order Religion On Mental Floss, Jake Rossen writes about an obscure positive-affirmation mail order religion that boomed in the early-to-mid-20th century.