Did you read about public housing, wet towels in space, and pot-smoking bacchanals?

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Golden Gate Park, site of said pot-smoking bacchanal.
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  • Golden Gate Park, site of said pot-smoking bacchanal
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That at least 185 residents of a fishing community in Nigeria were killed in weekend fighting between the military and insurgents? ("We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush and creeks," a grocer said.) Steve Bogira

• That the Chicago Housing Authority has essentially scrapped the remnants of its plan to rebuild public housing for the very poor? Mick Dumke

• The screed about what a hellhole Chicago is, by DePaul theater professor Rachel Shteir? Tony Adler

• That the New York Times's latest batch of errors included "tooth and throat singing" in place of Tuvan throat singing? Kate Schmidt

• That E.L. Konigsburg, who wrote From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, died? (And that E.L. stood for Elaine Lobl? And that she was a scientist before she became a writer?) Aimee Levitt

• That San Francisco park workers removed approximately 10,000 pounds of garbage after Saturday's "annual but unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia" at Golden Gate Park? Ben Sachs

• That a wet towel in space is not like a wet towel on earth? (Seriously, watch the video.) Julia Thiel

• That Pete Williams has one thousand times as many Twitter followers as he does Tweets? J.R. Jones

• That Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final of the Monte Carlo Masters, ending Nadal's streak of eight straight titles and 46 straight winning matches in the tournament? Tal Rosenberg

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