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

Hey, did you read:

• That a small drone crashed on the White House grounds this morning? Mick Dumke

• That campaign contributions are “the gateway drug to bribes”? (Politicians have been so corrupted by private campaign financing, Zephyr Teachout writes, that they can’t recognize explicit bribery “because it feels the same as what they do every day.”) Steve Bogira

• That a 97-year-old man’s death was linked to a stabbing he suffered five decades earlier, thus making it a homicide? Kevin Warwick

• That the sale of all British-made chocolates—including Cadbury—has been banned in the United States? Julia Thiel

• About Indians’ obsession with setting Guinness World Records? Aimee Levitt

• About a former radical Muslim who started to change his views after he read Animal Farm? Tal Rosenberg

• About Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who’s about to release her first solo album? Steve Bogira

• The NYT Book Review’s Q&A with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket? (“I’m trying to start a Dive Bar Proust Club, . . . but the people I invite keep asking, ‘Do we have to meet at dive bars?’ or ‘Do we have to read Proust?'”) Kate Schmidt

• About the Chicago photographer who specializes in shooting conventioneers? Aimee Levitt

• About the twins Ernie Banks named Clark and Addison? Brianna Wellen

• About KFC’s Double Down Dog? Leor Galil