1. The Smiths, Lou Reed and more nominated for Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame
The Cleveland musical institution announced their potential picks to join the hallowed ranks of the rock elite. Other potentials include Green Day, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Green Day. Frankly, the fact that they’ve lasted this long without Lou, Morrissey and Joan yet still maintained their street cred is kind of shocking.
[Consequence of Sound, BBC]

2. Thousands of new mountains discovered on the ocean floor
There’s a whole new frontier out there—if you’ve got a really good submarine handy, that is. Scientists have used satellites to map thousands of heretofore uncharted mountains beneath the waves, all of them at least a mile high. We still know more about Martian topography than we do about the undersea variety here on Earth, but 25,000 newly discovered mountains ain’t too shabby. [BBC]

3. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel, at the age of 17. She campaigned for girls’ education rights in Pakistan, and was shot by a Taliban gunman for her troubles two years ago, but survived to fight another day. Now that’s some extracurriculars. The prize also went to Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi, who the Nobel committee compared to Gandhi for his nonviolent protest techniques. [Guardian]

4. Supreme Court allows gay marriage in Idaho and other states
The court gave the green light to same-sex marriages in Idaho on Friday, and refused to hear appeals against lifted bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. A federal judge in North Carolina also nixed that state’s ban, making that 29 states that now allow gay marriage. What was it that MLK and Theodore Parker said again about the long arc of the universe bending towards justice? [New York Times]

5. People give away their personal information for a literal cookie
Who needs privacy when there’s a sugar rush to be had? At a festival in Brooklyn, performance artist Risa Puno tried a little experiment: She asked passersby to give her sensitive personal details—their home address, part of their Social Security number—in exchange for a cookie. A whopping 380 idiots said yes. [Slate]

6. First U.S. Ebola patient dies; airports begin screening for disease
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died of the disease in Texas on Wednesday. Meanwhile, five major American airports are going to begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-ravaged countries; JFK in New York is leading the charge. [Washington Post]

7. Hundreds of fans recreate The Empire Strikes Back shot for shot
The Force is with them. Using only their wits and some adorably quaint homemade effects, 480 Star Wars diehards combined all their DIY clips into a minute recreation of Episode V. Even with a cardboard C-3PO, it’s still head and shoulders above the prequel trilogy. [Gizmodo]

8. Microsoft CEO tells women not to ask for raises, trust karma
At the Grace Hopper Celebration, devoted to ladies who work in the tech industry, dude Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella advised women not to ask for raises, but rather to have faith in the system to magic grant one to them. Y’know, cause the system is so famously good at that. He added that women should rely on “karma” and use their “superpowers.” Nadella later apologized, but we’re not unhearing that sound its, fella. [Salon]

9. Canadian hunter rescues 20 abandoned puppies
In the cutest news ever to come out of Saskatchewan, a moose hunter stumbled across 20 tiny puppies all alone in a field. He bundled them up and brought them to the local humane society, who are now hoping to find homes for the pups. All together now: Awwww. [CBC]

10. Archer drops ISIS name
For everyone who’s been guiltily picturing Pam and her dolphin hand puppet when reading headlines out of the Middle East lately, you’re not alone. Archer creator Adam Reed has made the call to quietly remove the name of Malory Archer’s spy organization from the show in light of real-life terrorist people using the same one. For the next season of the show, keep an eye out for a CIA takeover to explain the name change. [Daily Beast]