Lupe Fiasco is taking a page out of Dr. Evil's playbook.
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• That ISIS has destroyed the nearly 2,000-year-old Temple of Baal
, in Palmyra, Syria? —Kate Schmidt
• That researchers in Iowa discovered Earth's first predator
, a giant sea scorpion "as big as Tom Cruise"? —Gwynedd Stuart
• About why two 12-year-olds in Waukesha tried to kill their friend on behalf of the Internet character Slender Man
? —Aimee Levitt
• About the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's experiment inviting the public to analyze one year of a reporter's telephone metadata
? —John Dunlevy
• How Gawker hopes machine learning will help its publishing platform Kinja
take over the world? —Gwynedd Stuart
• This in-depth look at the new Google brand identity
? —Sue Kwong
• About "Fuck Nuance,"
a paper presented at last week's American Sociological Association meeting in Chicago? Here's a story about it in French ("Fuck les nuances"
), too. —Tony Adler
• About how in 18th-century England, "gin belonged particularly to the female sex"
—and at Hendrick's and other distilleries with female master distillers, it still does? —Julia Thiel
• That Lupe Fiasco wants to destroy all physical copies of his album Lasers with an actual laser
? —Leor Galil
• About NecronomiCon
, a biannual four-day celebration of H.P. Lovecraft in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, at which one of the featured events is a Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast? ("Everyone at my table said it 'Ka-THOOL-oo,' though one of Lovecraft's letters says it 'may be taken as something like "Khlûl'-hloo,"' noting that the 'name of the hellish entity was invented by beings whose vocal organs were not like man's, hence it has no relation to the human speech equipment.'") —Aimee Levitt