fun facts

The economics and history of hole-in-one insurance.

“Though the concept [of a golfer picking up everyone’s bar tab after nailing a hole-in-one] largely faded away in the US, it became a big business in Japan, where golfers who landed a hole-in-one were expected to throw parties “comparable […]

thoughts of food

US suspends Mexican avocado imports!

“Avocado exports are the latest victim of the drug cartel turf battles and extortion of avocado growers in the western state of Michoacan, the only state in Mexico fully authorized to export to the U.S. market.” | learn more

on the blockchain

The hidden hand marketplace.

A crypto group has developed a marketplace for organizing vote-buying in governance tokens. Why is this interesting? Well, consider how important vote-buying was to governance of cities and states in the US a hundred or so years ago. | learn more

fun facts

Short guide to Iraq

Written in 1943 for distribution to US troops by the War and Navy Departments in Washington, DC. “YOU HAVE been ordered to Iraq (i – RAHK) as part of the world-wide offensive to beat Hitler.” | learn more

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Higher than the shoulders of giants

Something happened in the early 1970s that led to dozens of unexplained trends. Many blame the US dropping the gold standard. This author blames a different policy that Nixon signed into law. This is a fascinating read. “New drugs lead to scientific […]