Tennessee No Evil: Here’s a nice mix of crazy from Tennessee: “Tennessee Republican lawmakers took the first steps Monday to expel three Democratic members from the GOP-dominant House for their role in a recent gun control protest at the state Capitol.” The reps are being punished because the “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives.” (If they’d shown up with AR-15s, they would have been welcomed.)

+ Money Talks: “Abbas Ali, a vegetable vendor in an upscale neighborhood in New Delhi, started accepting digital payments in 2021. But every time a customer paid online, the 48-year-old, who can neither read nor write, would need to call his son to confirm that the payment had been received.” How tiny, cheap smart speakers unlocked the rise of digital payments in India.

+ UConn Not Be Serious! “The team from Storrs, Connecticut, topped off one of the most impressive March Madness runs in history Monday night, clamping down early, then breaking things open late to bring home its fifth national title with a 76-59 victory over San Diego State.” UConn wins March Madness with 76-59 smothering of SDSU. Maybe Dan Hurley’s lucky, fire-breathing underwear were a factor.

+ Paris Wheels: “Car trips within Paris declined by almost 60 percent between 2001 and 2018, according to research from Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme, the city’s planning arm.” How Paris Kicked Out the Cars.

+ Forward Starch: “New research found that obesity in the U.S. military surged during the pandemic. In the Army alone, nearly 10,000 active duty soldiers developed obesity between February 2019 and June 2021, pushing the rate to nearly a quarter of the troops studied.”

+ Hips Hip: “The longer-lasting replacement hips have led to a change in mindset: from holding out as long as possible so you won’t need to have a second procedure, to doing it when it becomes clear that less invasive remedies … are not enough.” How the hip replacement became the hot Gen-X surgery.