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

• That the Justice Department has warned Washington state that pot is still illegal under federal law? Mick Dumke

. . . while at the same time, a spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department actually said, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to”? Sam Worley

• The NPR story on murder modeled as an infectious disease? Tony Adler

• That terrifying, melancholy story in the Tampa Bay Times about a woman in Florida who suffered from persistent genital arousal disorder? (The day after the article was published, the woman committed suicide.) Tal Rosenberg

• About zombie wasps? (Not a John Updike mash-up—it’s about the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, which focuses on brain-controlling parasites.) Sam Worley

• About hipsters turned hunters? Kate Schmidt

Reader contributor Noah Berlatsky, writing on the Atlantic site about what it means that Katy Perry doesn’t want to be called a feminist? Tony Adler

• That people are freaking about the new penny-pinching Yankees? Kate Schmidt

• About Pizza Hut perfume? Jerome Ludwig