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

Hey, did you read:

• That Republicans are demanding that President Obama take some action in Syria so they can condemn whatever action he takes in Syria, according to Andy Borowitz? Steve Bogira

• That 28,000 rivers are missing in China? Mick Dumke

• That Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, is the first male pro athlete in the four major American sports to come out? Kevin Warwick

• This take on “Internet reviewing culture” from the perspective of a critical theorist who lives in Brooklyn, name drops Enver Hoxha, and gives Yelp one star on the grounds of nonawesomeness? Kate Schmidt

• That, based on a survey of maps, Illinois is the most midwestern of states? Aimee Levitt

• That the 2013 Tony nominations include a Steppenwolf production (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), three Steppenwolf ensemble members (Laurie Metcalf, Amy Morton, Tracy Letts), and Chicago-based actress Carrie Coon? Tony Adler

• That in lieu of gifts for their baby, Kanye West (and Kim Kardashian) want people to donate money to Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital? Gwynedd Stuart