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

Hey, did you read:

• About why an imperfect chemical weapons deal with Syria is better than a military strike? Steve Bogira

• And about how the diplomacy path in Syria could lead us into war? Steve Bogira

Mother Jones‘s timeline showing how we got from 9/11 to the surveillance state? Tony Adler

• About the Bulgarian man who swims long distances while tied up in a bag? Aimee Levitt

• That the Bears will need to “population-tackle” Adrian Peterson Sunday, according to Peanut Tillman? Steve Bogira

• About the Austrian woman who advertised for sex slaves but really just wanted free farm labor? (The slaves are now suing.) Aimee Levitt

• That Koran-burning preacher Terry Jones was arrested on his way to igniting another 2,998 of them in remembrance of 9/11? Mick Dumke

• The Times finally found a better foreign-affairs columnist than Thomas Friedman, but unfortunately it’s Vladimir Putin? Sam Worley

• That an Argentine ghost town has emerged after a flood nearly 30 years ago? Julia Thiel

• Or see this brief, tender film, shot in the Loop 42 years ago by Vivian Maier? Tony Adler