Did you read about J.K. Rowling, Paula Deen, and normcore? | Bleader

Did you read about J.K. Rowling, Paula Deen, and normcore?

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the Old English name for February was Solmonath, which means "mud month"? (It was also known as Kale-monath, or "cabbage month.") Aimee Levitt

• That records show the fondness high-ranking members of Congress have for expensive golf resorts and steak dinners? Mick Dumke

• About the the Internet's key holders? John Dunlevy

• That seven staff members of the Baltimore City Paper were laid off? Tal Rosenberg

• About the British crime author who asked J.K. Rowling to stop writing adult crime novels so others could have their turn at being best sellers? Aimee Levitt

• That Paula Deen compared herself to "that black football player who recently came out"? (She meant Michael Sam.) Taylor Tolbert

• Or take the quiz on which Oscar-nominated movies most ignored women? Steve Bogira

• Luke O'Neil on the sound of normcore? Leor Galil

• About the ex-NYPD cop who's opening a police-themed bar, complete with jail cell? Ben Sachs

• About the price of pizza in neighborhoods across the country? Taylor Tolbert

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