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What's the deal with diplomatic immunity?

You've heard all about diplomatic immunity, but we'll bet you don't really know how it works. Take some time to get into the nuts and bolts of this ancient and bizarre international custom and just how an embassy can be considered sovereign soil in this episode of SYSK.

In Defense of Witches, Then and Now

I've always felt kind of bad for witches, having been a longstanding scapegoat for society's ills and all. That and having to customarily suffer the indignity of dying at the hands of superstitious hicks. They've found themselves on the wrong end of land grabs and wide swings to new worldviews. Take the emergence of science. The nascent medical community decided it couldn't stave off the competition from traditional healers for the few centuries until it reached germ theory and bam! Death to witches.

This week on Stuff You Should Know Josh and I talked about two pretty interesting topics. On Tuesday, we dived into the oceans (see what I did there) to determine who owns them. As it turns out we all own the ocean, in a way. The United Nations passed the Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1994, which leaves the oceans open for all to enjoy. It also established new rules for how far out a country's boundaries extend into the ocean. It made me feel better knowing that the highs seas are still open for business, but I worry about what might happen to those rights in the future as land oil runs out and we become more dependent on pulling petrol from the seas. Yesterday's show was all about aphrodisiacs. We discussed the strange history of aphrodisiacs, including such oddities as Montezuma downing 40 goblets of

There will be one more appointment on the date book of the psychiatrist held on retainer by the Northhampton County, Penn., District Attorney's office. After he was caught allegedly driving drunk this week, the AP reports Scott Allan Witmer has been ordered by a judge to receive a once over to see if he's competent to stand trail. Not because he's pickled his brain with booze, but because Witmer claimed he's not under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania courts since he's his own sovereign nation. This isn't totally out of the realm of possibility. There are a few places in the United States that could be legally construed as sovereign nations. Near Dayton, Nev., sits the Republic of Molossia, lead by His Excellency, Kevin Baugh, the President of Molossia. The unrecognized micronation's economy is backed by chocolate chip cookies, celebrates Jack Day (in honor of the late First Dog)...