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

Hey, did you read:

• About sexual crimes in a Mennonite community in Bolivia? Aimee Levitt

• That Tom Tunney will close the Andersonville Ann Sather at year’s end? Deanna Isaacs

• That you can buy a house in beautiful Gary, Indiana, for just $1? Aimee Levitt

• Dahlia Lithwick on freedom of expression and baby names such as Dear Pineapple and Fish and Chips (for twins) in light of a Tennessee judge’s takedown of the name Messiah? Kate Schmidt

• Today is Chief Keef’s 18th birthday, otherwise known as the day he is legally allowed to receive his record-contract cash? Tal Rosenberg

• The collapse of the Jacksons’ political dynasty was completed as both Jesse Jr. and Sandi were sentenced to prison? Mick Dumke

• That the gender wage gap apparently starts with children’s allowance? Mick Dumke

• About how to surf the Internet in 1997, as told by the instructional video The Kids’ Guide to the Internet? (Just try to look away.) Kevin Warwick

About the steadily surging backlash surrounding Russia’s “traditional values” lawmaker, Yelena Mizulina? Drew Hunt