Stories that start off with somebody dying always feel like a con to me. We all know the place in the story that the dying happens. Once you understand how the card trick works – look over here, keep your eyes on this hand, there is no other hand – the magic is gone, and it’s just sleight-of-hand.

Amazon customer support phone number.

After having stumbled upon a free Amazon Prime account, I’ve placed a couple of orders (not books), the latest of which never arrived. I remembered reading years ago that their customer service phone number was notoriously difficult to find. My perfunctory five second search for it at their site came up empty, so I dug a little deeper.

1-800-201-7575.

(Hat tip to Timothy Noah at Slate.)