• A fracking site in Pennsylvania, amount of earthquakes TBD

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the merciful two-year sentence given to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell for his financial crimes, and the merciless life sentence given to a Virginia teen? Steve Bogira

• Or see the Joe Biden random compliment generator? Aimee Levitt

• About the new study published in Nature that shows “trillions of dollars of known and extractable [fossil fuels] cannot be exploited if the global temperature rise is to be kept under the 2C safety limit agreed by the world’s nations”? Ben Sachs

• About the Chicago man who died from a 70-year-old gunshot wound? Gwynedd Stuart

• That Tony Fitzpatrick is undergoing open-heart surgery today? Tal Rosenberg

• The Onion‘s response to the Charlie Hebdo attack? Mick Dumke

• That hydraulic fracturing operations—also known as “fracking”—in Ohio caused a couple earthquakes? Drew Hunt

• About the return of a murderous Nazi cow breed? Mike Sula