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

Hey, did you read:

• That you’re not one of the world’s 200 richest people? Tony Adler

• That the CTA has suspended deadlines for the switchover to Ventra and promised the system will be fixed? —John Dunlevy

• The tragic story of New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s father? Kate Schmidt

• That when it comes to murder, women are more creative than men? Brianna Wellen

• That a group of Swedish movie theaters has devised a new rating system to draw attention to gender bias in films? Ben Sachs

Margaret Atwood’s rejection poem to editors and authors who ask her for blurbs? Aimee Levitt

“A Kind Word for Norman Rockwell”? (The “obsessive-compulsive, anxiety-riddled, miserable hypochondriac” may have poured whatever happiness he felt into his art.) Steve Bogira

• About the medieval cat who preserved its paw prints for centuries by walking across a manuscript-in-progress? Aimee Levitt

• About a much-beloved southern brand of mayonnaise, the world’s best condiment? Sam Worley

• About the Jane Austen video game? Aimee Levitt

• About the process of making a country hit? Leor Galil

• Pitchfork’s Outkast retrospective? Tal Rosenberg