Sunday, December 12, 2010
what's yappening on planet money
it was very exciting to hear the most recent planet money podcast because it was all about the island of yap, aka "the land of stone money".
i've had a minor obsession with yap ever since law school when my legal history professor randomly chose the island of yap to use in a hypothetical. i had never heard of the island and couldn't believe it was a real place. then i looked into it and confirmed the island's existence and learned about its giant rock system of currency. a few years ago, i talked mrs. noz into considering going to yap for our summer vacation. she got a few guide books out of the library . but she ultimately decided to go to israel instead. the big strike against yap is it's so friggin' hard to get to. there are only a few flights a week and they are not very dependable.
anyway, yap doesn't come up much. even here, despite my obsession a search reveals that i've never brought it up before on this blog. (even suriname, another country that is a minor obsession of mine, has only been mentioned once on this blog... err, twice, counting this). yap is really the only pacific island that i find strongly appealing, because it's so cool! they use big rocks for money! and it's called "yap"! and, i really love this part, the residents are called "yapese"! is that super-cool or what?