The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

History Tells Us What May Happen Next with Brexit and Trump On Medium, Tobias Stone writes about the potential powder keg America and Europe may be stoking.

The Sound So Loud that It Circled the Earth Four Times On Nautilus, Aatish Bhatia writes about the astoundingly powerful sound wave created by the explosion of the volcano on Krakatoa in 1883, by far the loudest wave ever recorded on Earth.

The Dark Secret of the MIT Science Club for Children On Priceonomics, Zachary Crockett writes about a study that used uninformed, mentally disabled and abandoned children as subjects in radioactive experiments conducted by MIT and funded by breakfast cereal makers.

The Man Who Created Bigfoot In Outside, Leah Sottile writes about Bob Gimlin, who was responsible for the famous film of Bigfoot walking in the forest of Northern California in 1967.

Taken: The Coldest Case Ever Solved On CNN, Ann O'Neill writes the first of a five-part series about the kidnapping and murder of a young girl in Illinois in 1957, a case which went to trial 55 years later.

How One Colorado Man Disappeared While Hunting for Hidden Treasure On 5280, Robert Sanchez writes about a man who died outside of Santa Fe during a search for a famous hidden chest of gold and jewels.

Cookie Jar On AQR, Stephen King writes a short weird horror fiction story.

Who Owns Molecular Biology? In the Boston Review, Yarden Katz writes about the current battle over the exclusive rights to the CRISPR-cas9 gene editing process and how it reflects the larger issue of patents stifling biomedical research.

The Strange Story of Myra Hindley and the Moors Murders On All That Is Interesting. Elisabeth Sherman writes about one half of the murderous couple who killed five people, most of them children, in 1960s England.

Radio Ghosts Have Haunted the Airwaves for Nearly a Century On Motherboard, Daniel Oberhaus writes about the mysterious phenomenon of shortwave radio echoes, which is yet to be fully explained.

Brexit Blues In the London Review of Books, John Lanchester writes (perhaps the most comprehensive article) about the Brexit, how it came about and what its implications may be.

Should You Really Not Eat Oysters in Months Without an 'R'? On Mental Floss, Will McGough writes about a sensible folkway.

Anthem for Bummed Youth On The Baffler, Frank Rich writes about the loss of meaning in a post-Primary world.