Why Did Oil Prices Suddenly Tank? An Explainer.

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Oil is cheap and thus gas is cheap. But how did we get to $2.13 a gallon from $4 in the summer?

Carlos Slim

The World’s Richest Man Thinks You Should Only Work 3 Days A Week

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The world's richest man thinks that we should all work only 3 days a week, but are there holes in his plan?

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Why Do Video Games Always Cost $60?

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Why do video games always cost $60? The answer may surprise you, in that it's actually legal.


Why Robots Won't Replace Minimum Wage Workers Any Time Soon

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Whenever workers strike, people talk about replacing them with robots. So here's a lesson in technology... and market forces.

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The Xbox One Will Have Used Games…But Retailers May Not Sell Them

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The Xbox One will apparently have used games. In theory. The way Microsoft has built the system, you simply may not be able to find any.

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Dear Game Devs: Please Stop Telling Us $60 Isn't A Lot Of Money

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Cliffy B joins the ranks of game developers insisting that $60 isn't expensive for a game. We beg to differ, and here's why.


Economists Make Their Final Confessions In The Best Of #EndOfTheWorldEconfessions

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Economists on Twitter made their final confessions via #EndOfTheWorldEconfessions. Since the apocalypse never happened, we can laugh at their nerdy jokes.

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Important Question Of The Day: How Long Would It Take To Mop The Death Star?


What would it take to mop the floors of the Death Star from 'Star Wars', besides a bunch of midichlorians we refuse to acknowledge?

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White House Petition To Build The Death Star Receives Enough Signatures To Warrant A Response


A petition to build a Death Star garnered enough signatures to warrant an official White House response. We also know what that would actually cost.


Mr. Burns Explains The Fiscal Cliff


Still reeling from the presidential election, Mr.


Shady Grove Financial: Your Least Worst Option


They're the least mistrustworthy bank in finance, and they sure are honest about it.

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How Much Are Mario's Coins Worth?


An in-depth economic look at what Mario's coins from the Mushroom Kingdom would be worth in the real world.

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Bank Robbery Isn't Nearly As Lucrative As It's Portrayed In The Movies


Six years ago now, Steven Leavitt famously broke down the economics of selling crack and found that it pays less than minimum wage.

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How Much Time And Money Would It Take To Build The Death Star?

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A couple weeks ago George Lucas re-released Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace in 3D, earning enough extra cash (over $30 million) for the film to surpass Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the #11 spot in the list of the highest grossing films of all time.


America’s Economy As Told By Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert

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For those brave enough to watch the news, knowing the American economy has seen better days is common knowledge.


America And The “Lost Decade”

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Awhile back, my frustrations got the best of me and spilled over onto TSS in the form of a piece called "The Job Nobody Wants." To this day, it stands as the only post I was ever hesitant to publish mainly because I was apprehensive of coming off as someone who was complaining and not realizing there were people living in far worse situations.


Bailouts For Everyone!

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The Great Bailout of '08.

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