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  • Derek Jeter, not in Saint Jetersburg

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the Earth’s inner core is far hotter than previously thought—6,000 degrees Celsius (that’s 10,832 degrees Fahrenheit, folks), or as hot as the sun’s surface? Tal Rosenberg

• How fertilizer feeds the world, and could kill it off? Mick Dumke

• That the Boston engineer who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers has decided to tell his story? Aimee Levitt

• That Hyundai has killed its suicide commercial? Steve Bogira

• About the Japanese photographer who vacuum seals couples he picks up in nightclubs? Mike Sula

• That the medication to ease existential angst that Don DeLillo described in White Noise is real—and it’s Tylenol? Sam Worley

• About the Paraguayan children’s landfill orchestra? Ben Sachs

• How Chicago-based theater director Timothy Douglas conceived an African-American version of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, and staged it successfully at various regional venues, only to be denied credit or royalties when producers took the same concept to Broadway? Tony Adler

• That injured Derek Jeter’s Tampa mansion, Saint Jetersburg, isn’t equipped with the Major League Baseball TV package? Kate Schmidt

• That some guy* wrote and recorded 59 songs about comedian Patton Oswalt to get him to attend 826CHI’s Promic-Con? (*Full disclosure: That guy is actually my roommate.) Leor Galil