• Tom Marcello
  • Marian McPartland

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

Hey, did you read:

• This sweet, if backhanded, tribute to Joyce Kilmer on the occasion of the centenary of his most famous poem, “Trees”? Tony Adler

• That research says fracking has triggered earthquakes in Ohio? Tony Adler

• That pianist and broadcaster Marian McPartland, host of NPR’s long-running Piano Jazz, has died at age 95? Philip Montoro

• About the historic uses of urine? Julia Thiel

• That Bradley Manning—who for a time during his detention was held naked, in solitary confinement—has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and will be eligible for parole? Kate Schmidt

• To no one’s surprise, the most popular beers among ER patients are Budweiser and malt liquor? Mick Dumke

• This amusing series of infographs that reveal what Americans think about states other than their own? Drew Hunt

• That Corey Feldman has really gross (read: super fun and sexy) birthday parties? Gwynedd Stuart

• About new leaks of highly radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? —John Dunlevy