The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Neat articles on Death Wish, the necrobiome, crowd crushes, aliens, suspicions of necrobestiality and other cool stuff.

How Cinnamon Works

In another commodities edition of SYSK, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of cinnamon, once the world's most prized and pricey spice. But did you know it was really just dried up tree bark?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and some of them are pretty great. Here are the best of the bunch.

How Currency Works

Even if you entirely eschew the concept of money, we'll bet you'd be hard pressed not to trade in some form of currency. Learn how everything from cows to cacao beans to tiny shells from Maldives have served as currency at some time or another.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of articles, many of which are really good. Here are the best of the bunch.

Why Detroit is America's Strangely Elegant Derelict Uncle

I have an affinity for Detroit, despite being accused of different in the podcast. It is true that I from time to time use the town as an example of social decay, but I am merely carrying on a longstanding comic tradition by picking on Detroit. Detroit as a punchline doesn't even make sense any longer. The city is no longer simply going to pot; there are people working to push Detroit to make a comeback. Everybody knows Tempe's Detroit now. Detroit's just Detroit.

Every so often a Republican lawmaker makes a push to get President Ronald Reagan on some kind of U.S. currency. A hero to conservatives, Reagan has been tossed out there to take the place of Hamilton, Jackson and Roosevelt on the $10 and $20 bills and the dime, respectively. None of those efforts made the cut. In fact, the dime proposal was quashed largely because Nancy Reagan publicly opposed of the measure. Things are heating up again with a push led by Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. This time they have the $50 bill in their sights, and with it the legendary Union Army General and 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Visa and Google's Unreasonable Power: Why 2012 is the new 1984

Even while Mayan protests that their calendar is cyclical, another signal that the world will sink into catastrophe in 2012 has emerged. As pointed out in a recent New York Times article about Visa's transaction fees, plastic payment for transactions is expected to overtake cash that year. That seems like enough evidence to imagine the earth splitting in two and swallowing us into its molten heart hippie and Republican alike. No one will be spared.