Long Reads of the Week: Editor's Picks

5 great stories you missed from around the web

1) We've all had an "earworm" - a tune that plays and plays in your brain out of nowhere and for no apparant reason. But why do these tunes get stuck in our head? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis attempts to answer the question, in occasionally forensic detail.

2) Contender for most unlikely headline of the week has to be Monopoly's Secret War Against The Third Reich. If you thought the board game was just an annoying way of wasting time in the days before multi-channel TV, you're probably unaware of the role it played in the war effort. Read this to hear the full unlikely story.

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3) In a month when most are trying to embark on fitness regimes that involve dragging ourselves out of bed to do a quick lap of the park, this story from Runner's World puts things in a little perspective, following the story of runner Marko Cheseto who lost his feet to frostbite, asking "What happens when a runner loses his legs?"

4) Golf attracts obsessives and eccentrics and whether you like the game or not, there's something in Grantland's tale of a mysterious golf club inventor who bucked the system and challenged perceived wisdom that we can all identify with.

5) You may remember a news story from a while back in which a 22-year-old from Australia named Christopher Lane, in the US on a college baseball scholarship, went out running and was randomly shot and killed in a town called Duncan. This feature, 'Murder in a Small Town', goes behind the fleeting half-remembered headline.