Max Read goes deep on those weird wrong-number texts, in a way that only Max Read does. “This kind of con has proliferated over the last few years in China, where it’s called sha zhu pan, or ‘pig-butchering,’ because the victim is strung along for weeks or months before the actual swindle, like a pig being fattened for slaughter.”

Serena announces her retirement from tennis. “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”

Michael Jordan’s jersey from his final championship run with the Bulls could fetch $5 million at auction. “The auction follows the successful sale by Sotheby’s of controversial footballer Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup match-worn shirt, which sold for $9.3 million in May.”

Is it ‘bama rush season already? The URL slug on this piece about the calendar tick tock of TikTok is amazing. bama-rush-tiktok-hot-girl-summer-christian-girl-fall.