• RIP Mike Nichols, seen here with Elaine May (left) and Dorothy Loudon as panelists on the game show Laugh Line (1959)

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

Hey, did you read:

• About “an escalating political crisis” in Mexico? John Dunlevy

• That rather than waiting on donors, scientists are now growing replacement windpipes, bladders, vaginas, and other organs in labs? Mick Dumke

• That Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died? J.R. Jones

• About how you sleep in space? Megan Thielking

• About the outrage among Minnesotans after being assigned Grape Salad by the New York Times in its United States of Thanksgiving feature? (Illinois got Rick Bayless’s Pumpkin Soup with Ancho and Apple on account of our being the nation’s most prolific source of pumpkin purée. Who knew?) Aimee Levitt

• The real history of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive? Aimee Levitt