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

Hey, did you read:

• That the Egyptian captivity—the reason for Passover—probably didn’t happen? Tony Adler

• The NYT graphic on potential outcomes of the two same-sex marriage cases being heard in the Supreme Court today and tomorrow? Julia Thiel

• That Karl Marx might’ve been right about capitalism? Gwynedd Stuart

• Marc Fisher’s New Yorker story on Robert Berman, a former teacher at New York City’s prestigious Horace Mann School who is accused of molesting and brainwashing numerous students in the 1970s? Tal Rosenberg

• That in another sign that reality has become satire, the $60,000 IRS Star Trek parody cum training video was released only after a FOIA request on the part of CBS? (And that the IRS’s video “When Will I Get My Refund?” still has more views?) Kate Schmidt

• What a mermaid would actually look like? (And that eating one makes you trip like crazy?) Tal Rosenberg

The database that researchers can use to determine whether Nike or Adidas is mentioned more often in hip-hop? Mick Dumke