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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That “‘the biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,’ one American official said, ‘was the United States.'” Tal Rosenberg

• About the tweet that briefly cost Wall Street $136 billion? Tony Adler

• That while New York’s stop-and-frisk policy is challenged in court as illegally race based, its effectiveness is also unclear? Mick Dumke

• That marriage is a crock, er, status symbol? Aimee Levitt

• That in the mind of one reviewer, Mary Roach’s trip down the gullet in her latest book, Gulp, is sometimes so tedious “I found myself wondering how many more pages until I reached the colon and the excrement”? Steve Bogira

• The bizarre New York Times review of food writer Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked, that seems to want to turn it into a different—and more boring—thing entirely? (“You might expect that ‘Cooked’ would examine how to get more people to change their habits. . . . But instead of considering ways to make cooking easier to fit into time-pressed lives, [Pollan] sets off on a personal quest.”) Kate Schmidt

• That Lil Reese was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, mob action, and battery? Leor Galil