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

Hey, did you read:

• About Chicago’s dragonfly population explosion? Tony Adler

• About the North Carolina residents who conspired to attack Jade Helm 15, the military training exercise that some far-right freedom fighters believe is a government takeover? Drew Hunt

• About the shortage of trained cooks in Chicago and beyond? Kate Schmidt

• That Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have split up? (“Our personal lives are now distinct and separate and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al,” they said in a statement.) Aimee Levitt

• About the Legionnaires’ outbreak in New York? Drew Hunt

• About the female author who got a much better response to her novel when she resubmitted it to agents under a male pseudonym? Aimee Levitt

• That two were arrested in Iowa in connection to a meth lab they were allegedly running out of a Taco Bell? Tyler Daswick

Chicago magazine’s listicle written in response to our own Michael Gebert’s listicle written in response to a Chicagoist listicle? —Gwynedd Stuart