India

How Feng Shui Works

Feng Shui is an Asian concept that strives to unlock your chi by how your home or office is arranged. Or at least that's the simplified "Western" version. It's a little more complicated than that in reality. We'll unlock your chi by explaining how feng shui works in today's episode.

How Leper Colonies Worked

Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, used to mean a one-way ticket to banishment. But once medicine trained its sights on wiping out what might be the most ancient disease to afflict humans, it has become treatable and even accepted.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

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

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

How Gypsies Work

Gypsies were called that because they were long ago mistaken as Egyptians. Even their more appropriate name, Roma, is a misnomer since they're not from Romania. Find out about the mysterious history of this nomadic and genuinely misunderstood ethnic group.

How Chess Works

Despite its knights, bishops and castles, the game of chess has been around a lot longer since the Medieval Age. And it wasn't even invented in Europe - chess comes from 2nd-century India, when some unknown inventor created what has come to be considered the perfect game. Learn all about the history of chess and how to play it in this engrossing episode of Stuff You Should Know.

Free Toaster When You Open a PennyPincher (TM) Goat Savings Account

If money is the root of all evil and goats are the incarnate of evil, then why not use them interchangably? Well, you can. Some enterprising entrepreneurs in rural Korawan, India have established a bank that maintains goats as currency. It makes utter and complete sense -- don't say it doesn't, Western Yankee. NDTV reports of a woman named Prema and some of her fellow villagers have assembled some goats that they loan to woman in the village looking to make extra cash for their families selling goat's milk.

Imagine you're late for work, and you're a sensible, conscientious commuter so you take the train into the city. You hoof it to the train station, sweating in the morning heat; it's deserted, but you hear the train coming so you know you've just made it. You lick your palm, grease back your hair and smile real pretty just in time for the train to blow right past you. For the 10,920th business day in a row (assuming a five-day work week). You, friend, must be a resident of Begunkodor, India. And if you've been trying to catch the morning train to Ranchi for the last 42 years to no avail, then last Tuesday was your lucky day. The BBC reports that on that day, for the first time since 1967, a train actually stopped at the Begunkodor train station.