Weird news stories have been popular for a long time. But the Internet has turned them into a form so common that they’re really not that weird anymore. Daniel Engber reflects on how oddball items came to dominate the news business, and became normal in the process.

+ The Donald continues to face challenges in his quest for the White House. In the latest move, thousands of people have demanded that Macy’s stop selling Donald Trump’s merchandise. (If you’re clad in Donald Trump menswear, you’ve been punished enough.)