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

Hey, did you read:

• That Egypt is looking at a military coup or revolution in the streets (again)? Mick Dumke

• That Bolivian president Evo Morales’s plane was rerouted due to suspicion that Edward Snowden was on board? Tal Rosenberg

• About the “significant and consistent relationship” between pot smoking and schizophrenia? Steve Bogira

• That Pope John Paul II has been cleared for sainthood, but may be canonized along with Pope John XXIII in hopes that a “good pope” will balance things out against a not-so-good pope? (“Such was the case in 2000 when John Paul beatified John XXIII, dubbed the ‘good pope,’ alongside Pope Pius IX, who confined Jews to Rome’s ghetto, condoned the seizure of a Jewish boy and allegedly referred to Jews as dogs.”) Kate Schmidt

• That domestic-battery charges against former CeaseFire head Tio Hardiman were dropped at the request of his wife? Deanna Isaacs

• This amazing piece on neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, author of the best-seller Proof of Heaven, and his long history of being less than truthful? (It’s worth the paywall, especially if you suspected him of being a fraud from the very beginning but had no proof.) Aimee Levitt

• That Texas Rep. Scott Sanford tweeted that he “personally verified” that “pro-abortionists” were chanting “hail satan”? (They also formed a human pentagram. He verified it, guys.) Gwynedd Stuart

• That Slate has given us all permission to leave a party without going through the awkward goodbye ritual? Aimee Levitt

• This valuable survey of Southland Tales, one of the most unfairly maligned and misunderstood films of its age? Drew Hunt

• This excellent piece about Jason Everman, Nirvana and Soundgarden member turned war hero? Luca Cimarusti