Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

This Is What Record-Low Unemployment Looks Like in America

In towns where workers are scarce, employers are boosting pay and perks and stepping up recruiting—all while trying to avoid raising prices.

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

The most subtle detail here is also the most impressive: The robot is doing almost all of this autonomously.

It’s Okay Not to Like Modern Art

I don’t love contemporary art. It makes me feel empty and bored, sometimes a little annoyed, at best slightly amused.

How A Bobblehead Toy Represents Our Blind Allegiance to Consumerism

It’s a slippery slope into the world of “funatics.”

Ikea Is Developing The Meatball Of The Future

Yes, it has bugs in it.

Why Caffeine Might Not Make You Faster

It’s the most reliable performance booster in the world—unless you have the wrong genes.

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