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  • Rand Paul demonstrating his doob-smoking technique.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Senator Rand Paul, he of Tea Party/filibuster fame, says people shouldn’t be locked up for nonviolent drug offenses? Mick Dumke

• That “if journalists and media organizations stop challenging their readers, ashamed to publish anything because it might not get enough clicks, then that’s when we might as well pack it in, folks, because we’re done here.” Mara Shalhoup

• How easy it is to crack passwords? Julia Thiel

• That GLAAD invited Fox News anchors to its annual media awards, then trashed the ones who showed up? J.R. Jones

Britt Julious on Matt Austin’s Pilsen arts incubator the Perch, his self-renovated apartment wherein he hosts dinner parties that also serve as artist workshops? Tal Rosenberg

• About lunch with Noam Chomsky? (“Well, you can go back and give them a big tip. They’re nice people.”) Kate Schmidt

• That Harry Reems (Herbert Streicher), Linda Lovelace’s costar in Deep Throat, will ne’er come again? Tony Adler