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02/26/2016 08:20 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2017

Human Cannonballs and Hot Pink Underwear: What I Learned From Magazines This Week

Reading magazines this week, I learned that:

Winston Churchill had serious financial troubles and wore pink-silk underwear.
(The Atlantic, 1/16)

There are humpable sex dolls for dogs.
(The Atlantic, 1/16)

Book publishing is 79% white.
(New York Magazine 2/8/16)

Tampons were invented in 1933.
(New York Magazine 2/8/16)

Paul Reubens, the actor who plays PeeWee Herman, grew up down the block from a family of human cannonballs.
(The New York Times Magazine, 2/14/16)

Tom Cruise used to sleep in a soundproof room called a Snoratorium so his wife could get a good night's sleep.
(The New Yorker, 2/8/16)

"The Uncanny valley" is the term for the sense of unease or revulsion that people feel when they see robots acting in ways that seem too human.
(The Atlantic, 1/16)

Some Hollywood stars, according to Paul Reubens, have riders in their contracts stipulating that studios spend money to employ computer tricks to make them look younger on screen.
(The New York Times Magazine, 2/14/16)

People who work near a window sleep an average of 46 minutes more each night than those who don't.
(More, 2/16)

Instead of counting sheep to get to sleep, humorist Patricia Marx counts the divorced couples she knows.
(The New Yorker, 2/8/16)

After a show in which comic Mike Birbiglia made fun of people with nut allergies, a young fan with a lethal nut allergy asked him to autograph his EpiPen.
(The New Yorker, 2/8/16)

Roz Warren is the author of OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR.)