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The Best Original Features You Missed When You Weren’t Following MEL

We get it: Most of the year, you only have the time (and energy) to skim an article long enough to get the gist of…

Arturo Alva-Moreno Was World Trade Center Victim #2,754. Or Was He?

H er father said he worked at the top of the Tower, midway between the ground and the sky. So he must have been in…

Our 10 Most Popular Stories of the Year

Or, at least, with minimal comment. Here, in list form, are the 10 most trafficked MEL posts of 2016, in reverse order (so as to…

A Guy Walks Into a Bar — and Is Never Seen Again

Brian Shaffer blended into the pissed-up gaggle that trickled into the bar. He resembled every other student celebrating spring break, another face in the flock,…