The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Not So Foolish On Aeon, Steven Poole writes about the emerging opinion by ruling elites that the hoi poloi is too irrational to think for themselves and must be beneficently manipulated to get them to do what the ruling elites decides is best and the many ways that is wrong.

Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel On the BBC site, Jonathan Amos writes about the winners of the 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes.

The Family That Couldn't Say Hippopotamus On Nautilus, Elizabeth Svoboda writes about the discovery of a gene that aids in speech production and how it undermines the previous five decades of academic orthodoxy on the origin of human language.

Is the world going nuts? On CNN's site, Fareed Zakaria frames the current global upheavals as inevitable growing pains following spasms of change.

Why does Fareed Zakaria still have a job? On The Week, Ryan Cooper writes about recent accusations of plagiarism against Fareed Zakaria.

Leaving dead presidents in peace The Economist writes about the case against keeping hard currency in circulation.

Secret passages of Mont Sainte-Odile On Atlas Obscura, Annetta Black writes about the discovery of forgotten secret passages within a French monastery by a local book thief.

The Plan to Nuke the Moon And Other Cold War Plots Revealed in Secret Documents In Newsweek, Kurt Eichenwald writes about abandoned ideas suggested during the Space Race, detailed in recently-declassified documents.

The Last Amazon In the New Yorker, Jill Lepore writes about the feminist roots of Wonder Woman, the first female superhero.

On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters On the Daily Beast, Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner writes a dense history of Operation Bernhard, the secret Nazi project to undermine the U.S. and British economies by flooding the markets with fake pounds and dollars.

Forever Young On Buzzfeed, Katie J.M. Baker writes about a thirty-something woman who spent years posing as a 15-year old high schooler.

The Practical Nobility of Donating One's Body to Science In The Atlantic, Caitlin Doughty provides an excerpt from her memoir about working in a crematorium and gets into what a body donated to science is used for.

Who Killed Robert McCulloch's Father? In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Peter James Hudson digs into the murder of a St. Louis police officer who was the father of the current county prosecutor tasked with investigating the shooting of Michael Brown.

Why can't you cut all the wires in a bomb to prevent it from detonating? On Reddit, an explosives expert explains a movie trope.