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

Hey, did you read:

• That Philip Seymour Hoffman “lived for great art, and it’s impossible to escape the idea that he died for it,” Richard Brody writes. Steve Bogira

• About the new conspiracy theory, according to which the government is dropping fake snow on places like Atlanta to distract the citizenry from, well, whatever? Tony Adler

• About the $urreal, a mock currency in Rio de Janiero? Ben Sachs

• That skim milk was first used to feed hogs and upholster cars before being marketed to humans? Brianna Wellen

• That federal ethics rules are so lax that rules ostensibly intended to limit influence peddling are routinely flouted, as government staffers move right on into lobbying positions? (As of 2012, former government employees accounted for 44 percent of all active registered lobbyists, up from 18 percent in 1998.) Kate Schmidt

• That Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad made a lot of conservatives really, really upset? Drew Hunt

• About current Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu’s really annoying (but apparently really smart) way of playing the game? Gwynedd Stuart

• That Sochi city officials have ordered that any stray dogs found during the Olympics be killed for the sake of appearances? (“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away . . . God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”) Drew Hunt

• About the mathematician who hacked OKCupid? Aimee Levitt

• About a Georgia lawyer’s two-minute, autobiographical Super Bowl commercial? Leor Galil