The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Nostradamus: Predictor of the future? Not so much.

Nostradamus delighted us all in grade school, but it turns out the real guy wasn't quite as prescient as we were led to believe. In truth, he wrote a lot of purposefully confusing riddles that people have twisted into meaning exactly what they want them to mean. Learn all about Nostradamus in today's episode.

Archaeology in a Nutshell

If you thought Indiana Jones was the model archaeologist, you're pretty much right. Archaeologists are one part scientist, one part scholar, and one part adventurer. In this episode, learn all you need to know this fascinating field.

Germany's Merkel says Multiculturalism has Failed

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, some people were a tad unsettled at the sight of the German flag being waved proudly by sports fans who showed up in the other nations. Here's why:

Fascism is a specific political philosophy that's often mistakenly used to describe any authoritarian, supressive movement or regime. Josh and Chuck discuss the origins, history and markers of Fascism in this episode.

Eugenics is Alive and Well; Kind of Turned on Head by Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

At Stuff You Should Know, it is our goal to give everybody something interesting to discuss around the campfire or the bar or between rounds at a cockfight, even if it means we feel dirty after having reached that goal. So how about today we talk about the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

A new document released in England this week revealed some private details about German dictator's personal habits. Aside from having some poor table manners, Hitler was also reportedly known to suffer from excessive flatulence. Is this an important historical document or a case of too much information?