10 Bizarre Medical Treatments

Medical science has a long and storied history of trying out cures and procedures that later strike us as wacky. And they're still at it today! Learn about bizarre treatments, from opium for children to tobacco smoke enemas in this episode.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

How Crack Works

Back in the mid-1980s a new and extremely potent drug hit the scene: crack cocaine. In short order, America was in the grip of both a sweeping addiction and a state of hysteria over use of the drug and the social consequences of crack, like crack babies. Now, 30 years on SYSK takes a look back at the receding wave of the crack epidemic and its lasting legacy on America.

Some stuff I've learned recently is as follows: There is at least an unwritten policy of FEMA called the Waffle House index, which uses whether Waffle Houses in an area are open to determine the level of impact a disaster had on that area. The logic goes that since Waffle Houses are open 24 hours a day every day of the year, if one is closed then an area must be in pretty bad shape. Either the water's too high for the employees to reach it or the employees are all dead. In either case, the area around the Waffle House could use assistance.