Monday, September 23, 2013

Did you read about cobras, black widow spiders, and Jackie Lomax?

Posted By on 09.23.13 at 11:37 AM

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

Hey, did you read:

• That several Republican legislators who voted to cut billions from the food stamp program personally receive large farm subsidies from the federal government? Ben Sachs

• This interview with one of the few doctors open about performing third-trimester abortions? ("I'm appalled at the hubris of these legislators. . . . They don't know a thing about later abortions, or why women seek them out, and yet they presume that they should be making these decisions.") Mick Dumke

• That "the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina" in a 1961 accident? —John Dunlevy

• That the Bloomingdale Trail's entry park has opened? Tal Rosenberg

• That diets create mental conditions that make it hard to diet? Steve Bogira

• About the surprising history of the last meal? (One Christian tradition called for the condemned to share a morning tipple with her executioner.) Kate Schmidt

• That a cobra that had been preserved in a bottle of rice wine for three months "jumped out" and bit someone? (Only, like, 20 percent of me believes this story, but 100 percent of me wants to.) Gwynedd Stuart

• About what it's like to be bitten by a black widow spider? Tal Rosenberg

• About the death of Jackie Lomax, Brit rocker whose close relationships with the likes of George Harrison and Eric Clapton did him almost no good at all. (Here's his closest thing to a hit, "Sour Milk Sea"—at least, my friends and I liked it). Tony Adler

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