• What if you were forced to have this haircut? In North Korea, you might be.

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the Lake Michigan oil spill from BP’s refinery in Whiting, Indiana? John Dunlevy

• About the “walking death” imposed by the long prison sentences handed out in the 1990s to street-level crack dealers? Mick Dumke

• About the Alaskan state senator who wants to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome by putting pregnancy tests in bars? Aimee Levitt

• That all North Korean men have to get Kim Jong-un’s cool haircut? Gwynedd Stuart

• This excerpt from Adam Begley’s forthcoming biography about John Updike? Drew Hunt

• About the two Danish brewers who are twin brothers who hate each other? (With a cameo from Three Floyds.) Aimee Levitt

• About the Mariano’s that just opened in West Town that sells wild game meat? Tal Rosenberg