1. In an MMO… new money comes in the form of monsters… that provide adventuring objectives for players. The new money, in this case… goes straight into the hands of people who will spend it. … All of this points to the great weakness of the Federal Reserve’s attempts at monetary stimulus: hardly any of the money actually leaks out into the real economy.

    What the Federal Reserve could learn from World of Warcraft

    MMO-style economies contain important monetary policy lessons for the central bank


  2. The peculiar, old-school charm of pachinko

    Japan’s version of pinball has long been a mainstay. But it is struggling to lure new, technology-inundated fans.


  3. 8 surprisingly fun games Uncle Sam told soldiers to play in 1943

    Occupy mind and body, manage stress, provide tactical training — oh, and slap buttocks





  7. Predicting all the NFL playoff winners, using a single metric:

    Which team’s mascot could beat the others in a fight.

    (BTW, we’re already 4 for 4 after Sunday…)

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.


  8. Food face plates:

    For the beauty enthusiast in your life who also likes to play with her food, Ms. Food Face plates are the perfect gift. The dishes feature a bald lady’s face, perfect for dressing up with a salmon wig, a broccoli rabe necklace, and teriyaki sauce eyeliner.

    7 holiday gifts for the kid inside


  9. Costume Quest

    The central gimmick of Costume Quest is that wearing a costume gives you that costume’s powers. If you dress up as a robot, you can glide around on wheels; if you dress up as the Statue of Liberty, you can use a torch to light your way. It’s pure childhood wish fulfillment, and the perfect material for a fun, irreverent children’s movie — think something like Coraline or Paranorman, and you’ll get the idea.

    6 iPhone games that would make great movies


  10. Apple rejected what could have been the best iPhone game ever

    Behold: The psychotic bliss that is Send Me to Heaven


  11. Come on, internet! A cat? As if we weren’t inundated with enough cats already? What’s next? Replacing the thimble with a tiny, alloyed Justin Bieber?

    while the iron has always been a tad inexplicable (Were you a housewife from the 50s? Steaming the competition?), it at least had the virtue of being a classic. In fact, it was a member of the original six metal tokens introduced in 1937, surviving purges in later years that killed the cannon.

    According to Neil Steinberg at The Chicago Sun Times, the iron is actually a remnant of metal-working in Chicago, which was “a center of the laundering profession” in the 1930s.

    So there you go. A small, metallic bit of American history. Tossed out for a cat.

    Why the new Monopoly cat token is an utter travesty


  12. "I’ve always wanted to be a PlayBo Bunny… " — Submitted by Bobbie Liegus via Facebook.

    Check out all of this week’s caption contest winners

    Photo: CC BY: The White House

    (Source: theweek.com)


  13. On the market for an unsurprisingly short time, from 1950 to 1951, the Atomic Energy Lab featured a Geiger counter, a spinthariscope (used for observing nuclear disintegrations), and a Wilson cloud chamber (which detects particles). More worryingly, the set came with three low-level radiation sources and four Uranium-bearing ore samples. (!)

    This week, the government ordered a halt to the sale of Buckyballs, powerful magnetic toys that, if swallowed, can pinch or trap intestines. Here, a pictorial guide to nine of the most infamous toys of all time.