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:

It Took Only 16 Minutes for Thieves to Swipe a Million-Dollar Gold Coin

The Big Maple Leaf and the inside job.

It Took Only 16 Minutes for Thieves to Swipe a Million-Dollar Gold Coin

Apollo 8’s commander reflects on the sights and sounds of the space age

Listen to astronaut Frank Borman narrate a gripping account of the space race—and get his thoughts on the future of space exploration.

Apollo 8's commander reflects on the sights and sounds of the space age

What Does Putin Really Want?

Russia is dead set on being a global power. But what looks like grand strategy is often improvisation — amid America’s retreat.

Putin Russia

Predicting The Housing Market Is Easier Than You Think

A framework for predicting future housing price moves.

Predicting The Housing Market Is Easier Than You Think

The Great Model Train Robbery

How (and why) did thieves steal a valuable collection of scaled-down locomotives?

The Great Model Train Robbery

The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart

Robots are hiding in plain sight. It’s time we stop ignoring them.

The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart
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