Headlines edition

Wednesday headlines: How to cook fake food.

North Korea’s missile test, demonstrating that Washington D.C. is technically within its reach, puts new strain on US-China relations.

A Russian television show in Syria shows grateful Syrians naming their babies after Vladimir Putin.

A woman approached the Washington Post with a fake story about Roy Moore, all part of a botched, right-wing sting. Related/unrelated: NBC News fired Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Uber drivers in Nigeria use a fake GPS itinerary app to inflate customers' fares—as revenge against Uber.

Video: It’s an old tradition in Japan for restaurants to display fake food at the front door so customers know what to expect before they order.

“When the Americans announced that her house was a fake US embassy, Lamptey was one of the last to hear about it.’” Remember that story about a fake US embassy in Ghana being shut down for selling fake visas? Turns out the story was a fake.

Trump claimed for decades that he had Swedish ancestry—a lie his father made up to help sell apartments to Jewish buyers.

And now for today's diversion from fakery: Fake screencaps of Law & Order: SVU's resident tough-guy Tutuola recounting absurd woes.

The GOP tax plan sounds great to Big Tech, which is now "a mature industry in the vein of oil or pharmaceuticals."

To lure Amazon's new headquarters to Chicago, the city offered to let Amazon pocket its own employees' income taxes.

Sophia the robot, now a citizen in Saudi Arabia—with more rights than any women in Saudi Arabia—says she wants a baby and she'll name it after herself.

The economy in Russia has gotten so bad, and cigarettes so expensive, smokers reportedly grow their own tobacco.

Aid and the military aren’t just helpless against the emergency unfolding at Lake Chad—they’ve made it worse.

A study finds that traffic accidents are significantly more likely to happen near Pokémon Go hotspots.

“If you’re going to win me over, you better show me a greener pasture and redder roses (even if your minions had to paint them.)” A former cult member assesses other cults’ recruitment methods to determine the best way to draft followers.

An interview with Andy Freeberg, who did a series of candid portraits of professionals in the art world.

Your daily video: Episode one in a new documentary series about inside baseball at the Museum of Modern Art.

“Whatever you do on stage you are making something. Even if you fail, you make a failure, you make a flop: you make a show of yourself. And it is in the confusion of this making, in the movement from one self to another, that all the trouble bubbles up.” Stage fright is not only real, but it’s significantly different from writer’s block or regular nerves, not to mention much worse.