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

Hey, did you read:

• This special report on the Obama administration’s track record when it comes to transparency and open government? (“’This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered,’ said David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.'”) Kate Schmidt

• That two University of Chicago professors are among the three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics? Deanna Isaacs

• That cholesterol may be good for your brain? (And carbohydrates, bad?) Tony Adler

• This look at how aging shapes your face (your ears and nose keep growing)? Mick Dumke

• That it’s hard to animate female characters because they have to emote a lot AND still look pretty? (“Feelings are so ugly. Ask Freud. Ask Claire Danes.”) Gwynedd Stuart

• About the biologist who politely declined to work for free and was accused of being an “urban whore”? (And the dust-up that ensued when she wrote about her experience on the Scientific American blog?) Julia Thiel

• That Instagramming your meal actually makes you enjoy it less? —Brianna Wellen

• Why this former teacher, who is currently a senior associate editor at the Atlantic, didn’t quit Teach for America? Kevin Warwick

• That it turns out it’s not unreasonable to compare your editor to Stalin, after all? Sam Worley

• This oral history of the “outlaw country” movement? Tal Rosenberg

• That another celebrity—OK, Sufjan Stevens—wrote Miley Cyrus an open letter? Drew Hunt