Why does lettuce make us sick?
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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• Why lettuce keeps making us sick? Mike Sula

• About McDonald’s suggested monthly budget for its minimum-wage workers? Aimee Levitt

• About the young man in Nanjing, China, who shoplifted more than 800 books in order to read them and discover the meaning of life? (He later resold them to pay for his expenses.) Aimee Levitt

Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 50 best plays of the last century? (They also threw in the ten “all-time greatest” stage musicals. Thank god that’s settled.) Tony Adler

• Dan Kois’s profile of comedy writer Jack Handey, creator of Deep Thoughts, on the occasion of his forthcoming novel, The Stench of Honolulu. (A recent favorite Deep Thought: “When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school we’d all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn’t until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a bear.”) Tal Rosenberg

• Why new book covers are all so bland? (“Mediocrity is the rule in every age, but it rules some ages more wholly than others.”) Mick Dumke

Questlove on Trayvon Martin? Drew Hunt

• About poisonous school lunches killing at least 21 children in India? Gwynedd Stuart

• That Liz Cheney, eldest daughter of Dick, will challenge well-regarded three-term Wyoming senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primaries? (“Cheney, who has also spent time as a Fox News commentator, recently relocated to Wyoming after spending the majority of her life in Virginia.”) Kate Schmidt

• That “today, the Chicago Metered Parking System is considered one of the world’s best“? Sam Worley