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What Happens There by John D'Agata published in The Believer Jan 1, 2010

One summer, when six­teen-year-old Levi Presley jumped from the observation deck of the 1,149-foot-high tower of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, the local city council was considering a bill that would temporarily ban lap dancing in the city’s strip clubs, archaeologists unearthed shards of the world’s oldest bottle of Tabasco brand sauce from beneath a parking lot, and a woman from Mississippi beat a chicken named Ginger in a thirty-five-minute-long game of tic-tac-toe.

On the day that Levi Presley died, five others died from two types of cancer, four from heart attacks, three because of strokes...

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