• Happy centennial!

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

Hey, did you read:

• How the country’s biggest banks prop up the pawnshop industry? Mick Dumke

• Dan Mihalopoulos on the interesting resumés of two of the people hired to keep an eye on aldermen? (Instead of corruption-fighting experience, they have deep political ties.) Steve Bogira

• That Bitcoin kiosks are coming to Chicago? Tal Rosenberg

• That one in 200 pregnant women claims to have immaculately conceived? Brianna Wellen

• That December 21 will mark the 100th birthday of the crossword puzzle? Tony Adler

• About the millet-eating Chinese felines who show that Egyptians weren’t the only ancient cat people? Kate Schmidt

• These strategies to win the supposed War Against Christmas? (Spoiler: We all lose in the end.) Drew Hunt

• About David Koechner, aka Champ Kind from Anchorman? Aimee Levitt