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14:47 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

It's the stuff of crime novels. Eleven severed feet in running shoes have appeared on the shores of British Columbia in the past four years. For some it would be a great mystery to solve and reportedly high-profile crime experts from all over the world have been weighing in. But according to a Daily Beast article that's attracting readers, police shouldn't be on the look out for a serial killer just yet. Writer Winston Ross suggests the feet have separated themselves from the bodies of people who have jumped off bridges, rose due to the buoyancy of their shoes and ended up in the same place because of river currents.

Harvard's a bargain if you're from the UK, declares an article Time readers are drawn to. It charts a "dramatic increase" in students from British public schools like Eton and Westminster to Harvard and Princeton instead of Oxford or Cambridge. So big is the trend that top schools have special US advisers to help students deal with the process. It suggests tuition fees may make American universities a more attractive option, but the trend pre-dates an increase in fees. Another theory is that US universities are letting in sporty students who may otherwise be rejected by Oxbridge. "Of the 30-odd Harvard applicants from the UK admitted to the class of 2014, six are varsity heavyweight rowers," it says.

Days before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks readers are being drawn towards articles looking at the legacy of the attacks.

Guardian readers are clicking on the story of the tower being built on Ground Zero. It's only two thirds complete but already stands at 80 floors and will eventually be taller than the Empire State Building. And the article says it's a huge relief as "to have had nothing to show a decade after the attacks would have been an enormous embarrassment for New York and for America".

Project Syndicate readers are catching up on Joseph Stiglitz's attempt to come up with a price tag for the 9/11 attacks. Three years ago the economist argued the reaction - going to war - cost more than $3tn (£1.9tn). But he says the cost continues to grow as disability payments of returning troops mount.

And a slightly less predictable legacy is suggested in a popular Washington Post article. It says that the decade of warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq following the attacks is the reason for the immense popularity of the computer game Call of Duty. The link, it argues, is down to a changing attitude to war.

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