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

Hey, did you read:

• That the war on drugs is a war on children? Mara Shalhoup

• That we, the people, are building a new 1,200-room hotel at McCormick Place? Deanna Isaacs

• About Federal Reserve official Janet Yellen’s recent speech on the “tailwinds” that have boosted past economic recoveries but are MIA this time around? (Among the factors keeping things crummy: (1) discretionary fiscal policies that have worked against recovery and (2) the lowered economic expectations of sane people like these folks.) Kate Schmidt

• What the long-discredited pseudoscience of phrenology can teach us about critical thinking? Philip Montoro

• That there’s money in the meteor that fell on Russia? Tony Adler

• About glassfrogs? Philip Montoro

• About the group of naked men invited to tour the Leopold Museum in Vienna? Ben Sachs

• That Picasso’s medium of choice was common house paint? —Jennifer McLaughlin

• Chuck Eddy’s moving eulogy for country singer Mindy McCready, who recently committed suicide? Tal Rosenberg

• Alex Pappademas’s breakdown of Bruce Willis’s somewhat unconventional career path? Kevin Warwick

• About Bernard Lagat, who ran two miles Saturday in eight minutes and nine and a half seconds, a record for an American? (Oh, and he’s 38.) Steve Bogira