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

Hey, did you read:

• About White House spokespersons and critics of last night’s Obama speech sparring on Twitter? Steve Bogira

• About New Republic writer Julia Ioffe’s chance train ride with Donald Rumsfeld? Sam Worley

• That cash costs more if you’re poor? Mick Dumke

• That Ron Paul will share the podium with the president of the John Birch Society (Didn’t know they were still around, did you?) at a conference held by a notoriously anti-Semitic organization? Tony Adler

• Or see this map that shows you what Chicago looked like pre-Fire? Aimee Levitt

• That an eight-year-old Yemeni girl forced into marriage with a 40-year-old man bled to death after suffering vaginal tearing during her wedding night? Kate Schmidt

• That Florida’s movie villain of a governor is raising money for reelection by hosting a $25k-a-head private gator hunt? Gwynedd Stuart

• About whether 9/11 is being exploited in advertising and coupon deals? Kevin Warwick