Holy mackerel (or, ah, goldfish): Smith Journal volume 26 is out now in Australia and online! Inside this issue you’ll find a photo essay on Hong Kong’s living good luck charms: tiny fish prized for their superpowers as well as their looks. We take some leadership lessons from Tim Jarvis, a scientist who’s hell-bent on recreating history’s most dangerous expeditions even if it kills him, then stop off in North Korea to meet the country’s new generation of makers and – dare we say – capitalists. We meet a retired FBI agent who spends his time tracking down ‘lost’ apples, get the lowdown on Barbie’s plastic boyfriend, and pay a trip to some very real looking, totally fake cities. Want more? We’ve got robot lawyers, political pirates, LSD-taking scientists, and a woman who makes death masks for a ‘living’. All that, plus heaps more photos, history, science and adventure. Sound good? Grab your copy now!

A Dying Art

In this doco, meet Dr Interlandi – fashion designer, funeral shroud creator and death mask sculptor.


The Secret Life of Ken

It turns out Barbie’s beau has led a surprisingly fluid life throughout the ages.

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7 Smithy Things 

In Smith Stuff of this edition, we have 7 unique gifts. Including a smoky sauce made from mould.



Meet the people introducing a little retail therapy into the Hermit Kingdom.

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A Chat with Gary Numan

Talking about cars, airplanes and the unexpected benefits of Asperger's syndrome.

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Fake Cities of the World

Take a closer look at these cities and villages – there’s less than meets the eye.

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Across the ditch: Volume 26 should hit stores in New Zealand on March 26. Ask your local if it's not on shelves then.

Overseas readers: We'll be with you in shortly (click here to find out when), but if that's too far away you can order a copy online and we'll send it straight out.