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  • On Twitter, Norm MacDonald recounted some potent potables.

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

Hey, did you read:

• Or see these charts about how we die? Andrea Bauer

• That the Obama administration has set new laws that allow America to more easily export armed drones? Tal Rosenberg

• That drones could be used to repair arteries and prevent heart attacks? Qudsiya Siddiqui

• About the growing use of for-profit alternative schools—which have questionable teaching and billing practices—by CPS? Mick Dumke

• Oliver Sacks, on the terminal cancer he learned of a month ago? (“There is no time for anything inessential. . . . I shall no longer look at ‘NewsHour’ every night.”) Steve Bogira

• Gary Shteyngart on spending a week at the Four Seasons Hotel watching Russian TV? John Dunlevy

• About the redesign and reimagining of the New York Times Magazine? Tal Rosenberg

• About the JNCO revival? Leor Galil

• Norm Macdonald’s Twitter chronicle of the SNL 40th anniversary special? J.R. Jones

• About this guy in Lemont who’s built himself a rainbow-colored igloo? Julia Thiel

• This reimagining of Fifty Shades of Grey as a work of socialist feminism? Aimee Levitt

• This series of photos from Boston’s Snowmeggedon, paired up with quotes from Samuel Beckett? Tony Adler

• Or see the Wall Street Journal‘s clever treatment of a headline? Tal Rosenberg

• Or see this video of a Sami man castrating a reindeer with his teeth? Aimee Levitt