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  • What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That despite all signs to the contrary in Chicago, 2014 was the hottest year worldwide on record? Mick Dumke

• That a comprehensive new study has found that “virtually every state’s tax system is fundamentally unfair”? (In Illinois the poorest fifth paid 10.9 percent of their incomes in local and state taxes as compared to the middle fifth’s 9.4 and the top percentile’s 5.4, putting it in the “terrible ten” of states with the most regressive tax rates.) Kate Schmidt

• About genetic sexual attraction, which sometimes happens when blood relatives who were separated when one or both were very young reunite as adults, and about this father-daughter pair who fell in love and went to her prom and are now planning to marry and have babies and live happily ever after? Aimee Levitt

• About the South Carolina legislator who’s introduced a bill to require mandatory Second Amendment education in public schools? Mick Dumke

• That the story of this six-year-old boy who died and went to heaven—which was subsequently turned into a popular book—was a bunch of malarkey? (That’s funny because the kid’s last name is Malarkey, see.) Gwynedd Stuart

• That the “core four” members of Grateful Dead will reunite for three farewell shows at Soldier Field? Leor Galil

• This rundown of 2014 films that were actually shot on film, with explanations from their cinematographers? Drew Hunt

• That Chicagoan John Maloof’s documentary Finding Vivian Maier is nominated for an Oscar? Zara Yost

• That there is a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar? Zara Yost